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Fallen price burying coffee farmers dream

Jan 24th, 2020 | Category: News & Features | 6:03
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As coffee drinkers worldwide got ready to celebrate year two of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day on January 9, coffee farmers in Penlyne Castle, St Thomas lamented the meagre returns on their investment in the much sought-after berry. Three years ago, the price per box of coffee dropped from $14,000 to $4,000. Now, farmers use chicken manure instead of the more expensive chemical fertiliser on their crops. Farmer Uton Rodney, said if the conditions continue, the precious Blue Mountain brew could become non-existent in five years. "Dis ting is one of the biggest gamble right now pon Earth, " said Rodney who hails from a generation of coffee farmers.

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