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CEO James Paul is quite confident

Barbados Agricultural Society predicts stable prices for Christmas

As Christmas is rapidly approaching, Barbadians are being assured that local farmers will be able to satisfy the high demand for produce and meats. Chief executive officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul, also claims that no price hikes are anticipated.

Paul stated that he fully expected farmers would be more than capable of filling the shelves and freezers of supermarkets across the island: “I don’t know what the pricing policies of the supermarkets will be. Whether or not prices will be more than what they are right now in the case of fruits and vegetables, it usually depends on demand and supply. If we have a good harvest around Christmas time I think that prices will be relatively stable and in fact, in some cases prices have dropped.”

“There are certain commodities like cucumbers for instance, that are selling at extremely low prices on the market right now, but when you are seeing those it is a reflection of the level of production that we are having. Sometimes because of the fact that there is no correlation between the farmers you get, from time to time, a glut of a particular commodity comes on to the market and that causes the price to drop.

“What I can say, is farmers are trying to be sure they are producing for the Christmas season. It has always been a habit but remember that demand is not like what it was in previous years, unless of course you have the tourist market coming back and doing very well. But I think farmers will ensure that they try to meet the demand so I think most likely it should be stable,” he added.


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