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Farmers urged to avoid scallion shortage

Published:Friday | October 27, 2017 | 3:02 PM

Chief Technical Director in the Agriculture Ministry, Dermon Spence, says scallion farmers should do all they can to ensure there is no shortage of the crop.

Addressing farmers in Manchester and St Elizabeth at a Rural Agricultural Development Authority training session on the beet army worm, Spence said farmers should ensure they follow best practices to prevent the resurgence of the pest.

The session was held on Monday at the RADA New Forest/Duff House location on the border of both parishes, where the pest has impacted some crops, particularly scallion.

Spence pointed out that poor management of fields can lead to an increase in the pest, which will lead to a shortage of scallion and a hike in prices.

However, he said there should be no shortage of the product at this time.

The agriculture ministry's chief technical director said a team will be monitoring the situation to ensure there are no unusual occurrences of the pest.

He encouraged farmers to reach out to the Ministry if they see any unfamiliar signs on plants or in the fields.