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Barbados: Heavy rain causes giant spuds to grow

The recent heavy rain has led to some interesting result for a St Philip sweet potato farmer.

Mahendra Singh has been pulling up potatoes that are well above the average in terms of size.

“This is proof that agriculture is alive and kicking in Barbados. It is evidence the ground is still capable of producing good food,” he said.

Singh said that he had even dug up one specimen that was 24-pound in weight.

“We have been getting from ten to 15 of these big sweet potatoes per day. It’s because of the heavy rainfall; the soft soil allowed the potatoes to penetrate further and now the rain stops, they swell out,” he said.

In an ironic twist, however, Singh still faces a problem of giant proportions. Giant snails that is! Which have also increased on his land since the rainfalls.


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