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Rising agri input prices are hurting Jamaican growers

Scores of farmers across Jamaica are feeling the effects from rising fertilizer prices, and those of crop seedlings and seeds, significantly increasing their production costs. President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Lenworth Fulton says prices are up by 100 per cent for some varieties of fertilizers. He is recommending that the authorities consider options for agricultural inputs, including locally produced organic fertilizer to reduce the pressure on farmers.

In calling on the Government to support the production of local organic fertilizer, Fulton suggested that some of the money now being used to subsidize traditional fertilizer should be use to support manufacturers of local organic varieties.


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