Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture Lothan Cousins
The Parliamentary Opposition has rejected suggestions that produce be imported to boost availability of certain crops following damage by last week's heavy rains.
Farmers reportedly suffered more than a billion dollars in losses and the Jamaica Agricultural Society is warning consumers to brace for higher prices for vegetables and other produce.
Agriculture Minister Floyd Greene has said that a damage assessment report from RADA will determine if the Government will resort to importing some varieties of produce.
But Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture Lothan Cousins has declared that this should not be considered as a policy to solve the issues affecting farmers.
Mr Cousins said the Government should focus on helping farmers to recover from the losses.
He's also questioning the Agriculture Ministry's delay in establishing cold storage facilities for farmers.