President of the Jamaica Agriculture Society, JAS, Lenworth Fulton, says last week’s heavy rains delivered a body blow to farmers in the run up to the Christmas season.

The rains caused most damage in Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Clarendon and St. Catherine.

Mr. Fulton says several staple crops will either be scarce or absent from market stalls this Christmas season.

Mr. Fulton says based on reports, the damage to crops has been most significant in St. Thomas, Clarendon, St. Catherine and the hills of St. Andrew.

He says consumers should accept that where food is scarce, prices will rise.

Meanwhile, Mr. Fulton says based on reports, livestock farmers escaped serious losses.

Lenworth Fulton, President of the Jamaica Agriculture Society.

Agriculture Minister, Floyd Green, says several agencies have been tasked with assisting farmers with their recovery.