Ongoing drought conditions and low wages are making life difficult for coffee farmers in Tower Hill and Mavis Bank in rural St Andrew, where residents say the precious beans are drying up on their stems.
“Anything to do with farming is rain and water, you know, and if you don’t have water, then you can’t see anything. The coffee tree them asleep, like them scorch, and without rain, we won’t get any success,” bemoaned Tower Hill coffee farmer Georgia Abrahams.
“Coffee, yam, banana, everything is just stagnant now. If you nuh have another little work, you can’t survive.”
She said that most residents rely on farming, and even more are struggling to meet back-to-school demands this year.