Four of the eight women who usually clean and shred callaloo at Farm Best Vegetables in Lakes Pen, St Catherine, were absent when The Gleaner visited yesterday.
The company, which usually produces between 500 and 1,000 one-pound bags of the vegetable per day, was hopeful that it could eke out 120 pounds.
Farm Best Vegetables was on track to deliver a bumper crop for Christmas. That was until persistent showers dealt it a harsh blow, drastically slashing production and productivity at the farm.
In addition to wreaking havoc with its nursery, as it battered young plants which were too tender to withstand the onslaught, the rain washed out the seedlings that did survive and provided more than enough sustenance for the weeds to spring up and sprout well above the callaloo.