Barbados: St Lucy producers warn of vegetable shortage

After declaring a disaster following a weekend of heavy rains which resulted in severe damage to their fields, farmers at the Spring Hall Land Lease Project in St Lucy say they have begun the recovery process.

When Barbados Today visited several of the holdings, which were submerged in water last month, farmers revealed that the damage was not as bad as they thought, as they were able to salvage a number of the root crops such as sweet potatoes. However, they explained that this Christmas, customers cannot expect to see many sweet peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes coming from the project, which grows a large portion of Barbados’ agricultural produce.

“The truth is that a lot of farmers planted a lot of sweet potatoes because there wasn’t enough water to try your hand at the other crops. In the first days when we saw the water covering the lower part of the field, we were really concerned. A good bit of the sweet potatoes rotted in the ground but we were able to still save some,” said Ricardo Gustav, who pointed out that reaping the potatoes was easier because the soil was still somewhat moist.

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