Brace for fruit and vegetable ‘price hikes’

Consumers are being told to brace for hikes in prices and shortages of some fruits and vegetables.

And those in the agricultural sector said the increases can be blamed on the recent downpours.

“You can expect a hike in prices,” said vendor Deborah Stuart, who farms with her relatives at the Spring Hall Land Lease Project in St Lucy.

“A lot of farmers lost crops during the past weeks with the heavy rain. They lost crops like cucumber, tomatoes, beans, thyme, parsley, coriander and marjoram. What the rain didn’t drown, it knocked off blossoms.

“Farmers at the Land Lease had acres of tomatoes destroyed and right now tomatoes selling at $7/$8 per pound, so you can imagine how they are going to sell at Christmas.”

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