Coffee Exporters Seek Gov’t Help To Mitigate COVID-19 Fallout


The Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA) is lobbying for price support of $170 million to $200 million to enable the sale of non-exportable High Mountain and Blue Mountain Coffee to the local market, replacing imports.

According to JCEA President Norman Grant, the measure is critical to ensuring the survival of more than 5,000 farmers who grow Blue Mountain and High Mountain coffee, and who are now facing reductions in demand and sales in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the JCEA has already commenced discussions with Jamaica Commodity Regulators Association (JACRA) and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries on these issues.

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