Produce vendors desperate to make a sale during the glut

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Higglers at the Coronation Market, in downtown Kingston, are worried that they will not be able to make ends meet because of an oversupply of locally-grown vegetables.
The situation has reached worrying levels, with vendors desperate to sell their produce.
Wednesday, our newsteam went to the market, where vendors told us that their supplies are rotting because as cheap as they are, consumers are still not making purchases.
“Cabbage whole heap of pok choy and lettuce selling out for even $5 per pound, $10 per pound, carrot is the same thing. It’s too much and it’s making things slow,” said a vendor.
The Agriculture Ministry has issued an announcement encouraging supermarkets, hoteliers, consumers and agro-processors to buy more local ground produce.
The affected farmers include those from St. Ann, St. Elizabeth, Clarendon, Manchester, and St. Catherine.