MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Scores of farmers across Jamaica are reeling from rising prices for fertiliser, crop seedlings, and seeds, which have significantly hiked their production costs.
President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Lenworth Fulton says prices are up by 100 per cent for some varieties of fertilisers. He is recommending that the authorities consider options for agricultural inputs, including locally produced organic fertiliser to reduce the pressure on farmers.
“The price increases have pushed up their costs…and as a result reduced their profit significantly. Fertiliser has gone up by an average of 40 per cent, and some types of fertiliser like urea [ammonium nitrate] have experienced a m