Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 20th 2014 Contents in overnight. You haffi wait
another two or three months for
crops to come in... It gonna take
a little while."
Head of the weather branch of
the Meteorological Service of
Jamaica, Evan Thompson, told
The Gleaner that the prospects
of rainfall are slim and Jamaica
might get a declaration of
"A drought has not been
declared [yet]; there is a dry spell.
We are close [to a drought] and
it might be declared later on in
Vendors in the Coronation
Market are also feeling the effects
of the water worries in other ways
as well. They told The Gleaner
that no water has been in the
market and they are unable to
use the bathrooms.
"Mi sitting here as a woman
an we don t have water in the
bathroom. Right now, the bath-
room lock up," Nina Bell-Brad-
Robert Hill, town clerk of the
Kingston and St Andrew Corpo-
ration, said he was not aware of
the conditions at the market and
that he would be looking into the
matter. (Jamaica Gleaner)
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All vendors please note that
The Public Health Department
will be conducting a
at Central Market on
MONDAY 21ST JULY, 2014.
YOU ARE THEREFORE ASKED TO REMOVE ALL PRODUCE/GOODS
FROM THE PREMISES.
ALL WOODEN TABLES, PALLETS, CRATES, ETC. LEFT ON THE
COMPOUND WILL BE DISPOSED.
ANY PRODUCE LEFT ON THE COMPOUND WILL HAVE TO BE DISPOSED
DUE TO THE HIGH RESIDUAL EFFECT OF THE CHEMICALS BEING USED.
Farmers and vendors alike are
feeling the burn of what is starting
to look like the hottest and driest
time Jamaica has seen in years. One
farmer has resorted to selling pants
and pillows until it rains.
"Bwoy, it nuh pretty, [but] mi cyah
jus lie down and tek it suh...Mi haffi
find another way fi live so mi buy
pillows, shoes and pants fi gwaan
sell, since di drought," 40-year-old
Randal Redman, a farmer and newly-
converted clothes vendor, told The
"Lawd a massy! Di rain not even
a fall, which mek tings worse," Red-
Redman, who farms in St Ann and
sells his produce in the Coronation
Market in downtown Kingston, said
he had no choice but to increase the
prices of the crops that managed to
survive the crisis.
"Di people dem deh bawl seh
things dear, but a di dry weather.
Right now, tomato sell fi J$120 a
pound...It used to sell fi J$25, J$30,
J$40 di most," Redman said.
"Scallion a J$20, J$30, but right
now it a sell fi J$120 because di rain
The costs of fruits like watermelon
and cantaloupe have also gone
through the roof, with prices increas-
ing by more than 50 per cent.
Ian Barrett, another vendor in the
market, said farmers rarely come to
the market now because the drought
has caused the demand for goods to
be greater than the supply.
"Farmer nuh have no reason fi
come here. Farmer a get him price
a country...any price him ask,
because you have more buyers than
goods down there now. So anything
di farmer say, a dat dem haffi work
wid. Higgla nah no choice yah now,
cause nutten nuh deh deh." Barrett
"When tings a sell J$10 a pound,
you find farmers here nuff. When it
wagga wagga (an abundance of pro-
duce), tings nuff...Yes, man! All
melon sell fi J$10 when time come,
even five dollar! As big as you see
dem," Barrett said.
"When a wagga wagga, not even
dog nuh want it di way it nuff,"
another vendor in the market added
Worst yet to come
Redman said the worst was yet to
come for everyone if it doesn t rain
"If rain nuh fall in di next two
weeks, tings a guh get dearer and
dearer," he said. "If it fall, yuh still
haffi go wait [before things get better]
because crops not going to just come
Melon vendor Ian Barrett talks about the water crisis being faced at the
Coronation Market in Jamaica. : JAMAICA GLEANER PHOTO
Vendors struggle as dry
spell takes toll on Jamaica
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