KENROY TROUPE, president of the Trelawny branch of the Jamaica Agriculture Society (JAS), said the drought Trelawny is currently experiencing is likely to affect vegetables farmers with a projected loss of about 10 per cent.
"As you know, we cannot be fully accurate, but about 10 per cent of the vegetable crop could be affected, and this is mostly in the north; the more permanent crops will do better," Troupe told The Gleaner recently.
He added that to alleviate a loss, some farmers will have to irrigate their crops, but that will be an additional cost, which will also affect their profit margin.
Troupe said farmers in the south would be least affected because they were getting more rain in that area. He is hopeful, however, that the rains will come shortly. Troupe added that when there is a drought, and the rain comes, there will be another problem of pests, which the farmers will have to encounter.
He said that in such circumstances the JAS helps in providing seedlings and training.
There are approximately 4,000 farmers under the umbrella of the Trelawny Association of Branch Societies of which a great majority are vegetable farmers.