Gov't to import food for Christmas


December 15, 2017
Alicia Barrett photo A vendor shells gungo peas in Coronation Market.

The Government has granted permission for the importation of produce, including peppers, potatoes, carrot, tomatoes, ginger, melons and cantaloupes to satisfy demand in both the tourism industry and for local consumption.

But Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda insists that the Government was not about to import large quantities for storage, but enough to satisfy demand.

At the same time, Samuda said that there will be adequate supplies of gungo peas and sorrel.

The minister, who was addressing a press briefing at his Hope Gardens offices in St Andrew on Wednesday, said that growth has taken place in the production of poultry meat, eggs and pork, and that the country "is self-sufficient in those proteins".

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