COVID-19 Robs Agriculture Billions

 



With a lockdown and reduced opportunity to move freely because of the coronavirus pandemic, Jamaican farmers have been hit tremendously hard.

Farmers who had planted to supply the tourism industry had to give away produce and watch some of their crops go to waste, as hotels no longer required their supplies because of the borders being closed.

The assistance of both the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA) with their farmers market and drive-through initiatives, have helped, but many farmers are still experiencing a financial blow.

It is suggested that the sector could have a calculated loss of up to 30 billion, a suggestion which the government has not confirmed nor rejected.

 

 

Shannon Dale Reid

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