Farmers still struggling to find good market

Jamaica: Coconut production up

According to the Jamaican Coconut Industry Board (CIB) there has been a substantial increase in the production of coconuts on the island over the past 18 months.

According to the Jamaican Observer, the CIB has issued a statement saying it is relieved that its efforts to increase production have borne fruit, however they acknowledge several hundred coconut farmers are now struggling to find a regular and consistent market for their coconuts.

Chairman of the CIB, Christopher Gentles, noted that the sector has rebounded from the shortage caused by the record droughts of 2014 and 2015. “The weather has been exceptional and several coconut farmers have been experiencing a bumper crop. However, the cooler temperatures have also reduced the demand for jelly coconuts and have negatively impacted the sales.”

Coconut production for 2017 has improved significantly due mainly to improved weather conditions and a distribution of over 10 million dollars worth of fertilisers to coconut farmers over the past 24 months. Over the past ten years the CIB has also distributed 657,128 coconut seedlings to farmers for the establishment of approximately 7000 acres of coconuts, some of which are now contributing to the current supply.

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