Despite persistent, heavy rainfall this year, farmers have produced some 32-tonnes more domestic agricultural produce than last year.

That’s according to Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda.

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Notwithstanding the increased production, he says the rains have had a negative impact on the production of many fruits and vegetables.

However, the Agriculture Minister says there will be no shortage of fruits and vegetables for the Christmas period this year because the government is moving to import produce in short supply.

These include tomatoes, honeydew melon, carrots, ginger and lettuce.

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Minister Samuda was speaking yesterday at a media conference at his Hope Road office in St. Andrew. He says the production of eggs and poultry have also increased this year, by four percent and two percent respectively.