Agriculture Minister to meet with Blue Mountain coffee farmers
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, (MICAF) Karl Samuda, is to meet with coffee growers from the Blue Mountain area to discuss their concerns regarding the current price of coffee.
The announcement follows a demonstration at the Ministry's Hope Road offices on Monday as coffee farmers voiced their concerns about this year's coffee price.
The coffee farmers yesterday demanded a meeting with Minister Samuda to discuss the $6,000 they are being paid per box of Blue Mountain Coffee beans from marketing companies.
The farmers, who are members of the Blue Mountain Coffee Growers Association, say that price is too low and cannot cover the cost of their inputs.
However, Permanent Secretary, Donovan Stanberry yesterday told the farmers that the buyers and exporters of Blue Mountain Coffee have explained that prices for the current crop year would be determined following a meeting with coffee importers in Japan.
The exporters are in Japan this week for consultation with the Japanese firms, who purchase the bulk of the local commodity.
Stanberry also told the farmers that while the Ministry has a vested interest in the well being of coffee farmers, it does not play a role in the determination of coffee prices.