The higher prices of vegetables at markets in Trinidad and Tobago due to recent flooding is causing consumers to turn away from buying the produce.
Prices of tomatoes have increased by 266%, lettuce by 33.3% and cauliflowers by 108% forcing consumers to turn away or buy less.
The flooding in production areas damaged crops leading to a shortage of supply to local markets. The country received about 180% more rainfall than usual, that affects areas of production a lot more.
While the local department of agriculture does support farmers for the flood damage, not all farms are registered with the government to receive relieve. A range of other imported vegetables have also increased in prices on the wholesale markets across the country.