Farmers Attaining Food Security Demands

The statistics were prepared by the Department of Agriculture and revealed that over 20,375 pounds of tomatoes were supplied by local farmers and this is adequate to meet the national demand of 20,000 pounds per month.  

A bountiful harvest is being realized for sweet potatoes with 47,335 pounds produced in July, and 51,280 pounds projected for August, way in excess of the national demand.  Pumpkin output has been put at 22,425 pounds in July and 49,800 pounds for August.  

Carrot output has been put at 34,000 pounds for July and August which translates to 6000 pounds below domestic demand.  12,000 pounds of sweet peppers are projected from local farmers against a national demand of 16,000 pounds.  Limited supplies of local peanuts and cabbages are expected to be on hand. 

Dr. Harris once again urged the hotel and restaurant subsectors to give special support to the farming community. 

He added that if the country is to succeed the significant players must support local producers and there is a need to see the hotels, restaurants and households make more creative use of local products particularly when in season.  


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