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26 Dec 2015 description

Derrick Douglas had never known it so bad.

“For this particular period between 2014 and 2015, I think no one expected that sort of harsh drought that we experienced. We [farmers] were not aware that it would have been so devastating,” he said.

Douglas, 55, became a farmer after being a teacher for several years, in hope of earning more from his efforts. He cultivates a variety of crops and ground provisions, including scotch bonnet peppers, lettuce, pak choi, carrots, yams and cocoa - on a farm in McNie District in the ‘garden parish’ of St. Ann.