A Look At Our Caricom Neighbours

A brief look at how the global food crisis is affecting our Caricom neighbours as they too try to grapple with the rising food costs in their countries.

Haiti

Haiti which has felt the greatest impact out of the Caribbean nations have at least 5 people dead and 40 wounded this week since mass demonstrations began last week.

Grenada

Economic Development Minister Anthony Boatswain stepped in following the announcement of a 40% rise in flour prices by the Grenada Bakers Association.

What concerns us as a government…is the extent of the increase in those products,” Boatswain said.

“I would like to ask the {Grenada Bakers} Association to really consider the extent of the increase in the price of bread and products that consumers rely on so heavily”, he added.

St.Kitts & Nevis

The cabinet there has approved changes to local laws allowing greater flexibility in price controls.

Trinidad & Tobago

Armed guards have been placed on National Flour Mills Trucks carrying flour and other goods after several robberies.

Antigua

The Eastern Caribbean Group of Companies [based in St.Vincent] which operate a flour mill that supplies the wider Eastern Caribbean has increase the price of flour by 34%. The Antigua’s Finance Ministry has objected stating that any price increase had to be a result of negotiations with the government.

Guyana

Workers at the National Milling Company [Namilco] are up in arms over alleged dumping by two Trinidad companies in the Guyana market.

Jamaica

Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has send out an appeal to Jamaicans consumers to decrease their dependence on food imports warning that the developing world crisis posed a “clear and present danger” to the nation. He urged Jamaicans to start planting in their backyards to reduce their food bill.

Barbados

Here at home, with oil prices now reaching US$114 barrel, fuel at the pump has increase by 70%. With government subsidy on flour ended, bajans have seen a 30% increase in flour. In the meantime the Thompson-led government have stated that they will continue to monitor the situation on flour and feed and will if necessary use moral persuasion and legislative force to thwart attempts at price gouging.

{Adapted from International Press Reports}

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