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Posted: Wednesday 11 January, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Increase in local vegetable production projected

By: Terresa McCall,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - AN increase in yield of a number of locally-produced vegetables is expected to take place this month, in comparison with last month’s output.


    According to information disseminated by the Ministry of Agriculture, a total of 85 340 pounds of tomatoes, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, cabbage and watermelons were harvested and that figure is expected to increase by approximately 37 percent.


    This spells good news for the Federation as it works towards creating a healthier society. And according to a Ministry of Agriculture-issued please release, “Agriculture officials expressed satisfaction with the forecast and commended the farming community for its contribution to the country’s food security and nutrition needs and foreign exchange savings.”


    In December 2011, 17 450 pounds of tomatoes were harvested and that figure is expected to rise to 20 740 pounds. The sweet potato yield for December 2011 was 37 760 pounds and an increase of 5 340 is expected.


    A 13 350 increase in the production of pumpkins is expected during this month with a 7 900-pound yield being recorded last month.


    Cabbage production stood at 6 710 pounds in December and a 580-pound increase is expected this month. Should the projected yield of watermelons be met or surpassed, an at least 16 500-pound yield would be recorded. December saw the production of 7 500 pounds of watermelons.


    Not all crops are expected to surpass last month’s production level however, with a decrease of 100 pounds projected for the sweet pepper crop. It is expected to yield 7 920.


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