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Price hurting coffee farming

Published:Wednesday | March 1, 2017 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

KARL SAMUDA recently encouraged the rejuvenation of Jamaican high mountain and lowland-grown coffee to be used in the blending process instead. Jamaican highland coffee, when properly fermented, is not a great distance behind Blue Mountain coffee in quality, but one of the major reasons why farmers are discouraged from producing more is the great difference in price between them, making other crops more economic. The cost of production does not differ that greatly to warrant such a great price differential.

Coffee can become a viable crop once more, but the price must be attractive to make it worthwhile. Maybe the proposed tax on the imported beans could help, but this is at least two years before what is planted now gets to full production.

TREVOR SAMUELS

tasamuels@cwjamaica.com