Despite the battering the sector has taken from the COVID-19 pandemic and torrential rains in October and November, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Floyd Green is expressing confidence in the farmers’ ability to bounce back for a better 2021.
In fact, he told The Gleaner, the recovery process has already begun.
“It has been a tough year, but we have seen glimmers of hope and sunshine. The reality is COVID was unexpected, causing initial hardships, but then our farmers started to rebound and the rains came, causing more hardship, and again, more of our farmers have been able to rebound,” Green said following a tour of the Longville Park Farm in Clarendon on Monday
He added that the sector has seen some positive trajectories, including a greater demand for bananas, resulting in increased exports, as well as tilapia.
In addition, the agriculture minister said, pineapples and other products were being sent into new markets.