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Jamaica: Grinch-Like Rains Threaten Christmas Price Hikes

Weeks of bad weather have left farmers like Tracey-Ann Thompson wondering whether hopes of a merry Christmas have been washed away by the October rains.

Thompson moved from Kingston to Manchester just three years ago to cultivate her ambition of farming her own produce. She only needed to transport produce to Coronation Market on Wednesday mornings to sell to vendors and return home.

But sales have slowed dramatically since tropical storms Zeta and Eta scoured Jamaica, triggering flooding and landslides.

“I usually go home Wednesday night, but mi haffi stay till Saturday and sell them miself … . The rain brings a lot of setback,” Thompson told The Gleaner.

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