Chicken plenty but vegetables short this Christmas
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green says there will be sufficient supply of food for the Christmas period.
"The good news is that in relation to our tubers [and] meat products, we do have sufficient supply. In fact, this Christmas, we expect to have the largest production of chicken the country has ever seen. Both our major producers are higher than pre-COVID levels in relation to production. We expect to see good supplies of tubers (yams, sweet potatoes)," Green said.
The minister, who was speaking at a virtual post-Cabinet press briefing yesterday, said that his ministry has been monitoring the food supply chain in light of the damage that has been done by the recent heavy rains. He said that there was significant damage to tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and cabbage, and there is expected to be a shortage of those crops.
"We have asked the Rural Agricultural Development Authority to continue its assessment. We will be looking to see how bad the break in supply chain is, and if there needs to be any alternative methodology to ensure that we do have sufficient supplies for Christmas, the Ministry of Agriculture is willing to take those steps," Green said.