The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has announced plans to impose a cess on imported coffee in a bid to support development in the local industry.

Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier made the disclosure yesterday, during a meeting with farmers in St. Thomas.

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Earlier this year Minister Kellier had announced a cess on imported refined sugar.

That plan was attacked by members of the manufacturing sector, who accused the government of engaging in a ‘revenue grab’.

Minister Kellier is warning the farmers to be wary of doomsday merchants.

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