Beet Armyworm Could Drive Up Pre-Christmas Agro Prices

President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, JAS, Norman Grant, is warning there could be a ‘scarcity’ of some crops and an ‘escalation’ in prices leading up to Christmas.

This, as he’s confirming that there’s a re-emergence of the beet armyworm in Manchester and parts of St. Elizabeth.

The confirmation comes after a team was this week sent to New Forest, Manchester to investigate reports the pest had reappeared, destroying crops.

Mr. Grant says he’s already spoken with the Permanent Secretary in the Agriculture Ministry, Donovan Stanberry, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Peter Thompson, about proactive ways of dealing with the issue.

Norman Grant says the JAS will send samples to Bodles Research Station, in Old Habour, St. Catherine, for testing.