THE EDITOR, Sir:
In reference to "Increased demand for coffee, but production shrinks", published in the Financial Gleaner on Friday, September 20, 2013, coffee is trading very high on Wall Street while farmers get pittance for their crops. The Jamaican Government must do more to assist farmers cope with diseases that are affecting their crops.
As a young man growing up, coffee was considered a cash crop. Farmers could look forward to harvesting and selling their crops. Today's young people do not know how to appreciate the hard work farmers (men and women) put in everyday to make ends meet.
The future for Jamaican coffee is very bright. I would suggest that the Government assist by growing and distributing coffee plants from locally grown government nurseries. Assistance is also needed with islandwide disease eradication.