JAS president calls for tax on imported coffee
Declaring that the coffee industry is in a state of emergency, Government senator Norman Grant has called for the imposition of a cess on imported coffee.
He said this cess should be placed in a special fund to be used to expand the local coffee industry.
Grant made the call yesterday while making his contribution to the State of the Nation debate in the Upper House.
The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) president, said that the coffee leaf rust and coffee berry borer diseases have devastated the industry, resulting in a US$10 million loss over the last two crop years.
He noted that while there has been some recovery, such as the increase in the price paid to farmers for each box of coffee, more needs to be done to further protect the sector.
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