Agri sector urges public to brace for price increases as drought persists
The heads of two of the nation’s agricultural associations are advising the public to brace for increased prices in supermarkets in light of the on going drought.
Head of the All Island Banana Growers Association, Grethel Sessing says consumers can expect to pay more for banana and banana by products within a month.
She says with the drought and bananas breaking due to high winds, production is expected to decline by 30 to 40 per cent.
Meanwhile, Chairperson for the All island Cane Growers Association, Alan Rickards says though last year was said to be the worst drought in over a century, the cane growing parishes are facing even worse conditions this year.
He says the price of sugar and as a result general food items will see increases.
Rickards also says mitigation efforts are needed as parts of the country continue to singe in the drought.