JAS President says drought will affect major crops, prices to spike

President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Lenworth Fulton, says that the drought which is now affecting the island, will impact several major crops.

A drought has been declared by the met service which is predicted to affect the island until April.

The government has announced that it will be spending an additional $100 million to respond to the drought.

Speaking to Irie Fm news on Monday morning, Mr Fulton said yam, potatoes and onions will be the crops mainly impacted.

As such, he said farmers and consumers alike will be greatly affected.

He said consumers should brace for increases in the prices of products due to the drought.

While acknowledging the steps being taken by the government, Mr Fulton said a 25 year initiative is needed to solve the country’s water woes.


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