The president of the Farmers Association, Ramón González, said today that the price of a good quality plantain should be between 55 and 65 cents, and not reach $1, as happens in retail establishments in Puerto Rico.
"To say 80 cents and $1 is completely unfair to the consumer, and causes people to keep changing to tostones and yellow frozen ones from Central and South America. This is a trend. Supermarkets have done this with all agricultural sectors, as they did with eggs," Gonzalez said in an interview with WKAQ 580.
According to Gonzalez, when the farmer sells plantain, the price fluctuates between 30 and 35 cents, if it is a product of excellent quality. He added that, hence, the dealer must have a reasonable profit, which would be about 25 cents.
"At the end of the chain, I do not see why the plantain should be more than 55 or 65 cents. It should be two for a peso should be right now. That would be a fair price for the consumer and the farmer," reiterated Gonzalez, who also is dedicated to cultivating plantains.