While citizens here have been encouraged to buy local, a number of persons have disappointing reports on the short shelf-life of locally grown vegetables.
Chief Pesticide Inspector Joseph Blanford shed more light on this at a conference this week, where he underlined fertilizing in excess as a significant cause of the problem.
Blanford said the practice of farmers using too much fertilizer not only affects crops, but also the soil.
Blanford said the Ministry recognizes the importance of training for farmers in fertilizer use
Joseph Blanford, Chief Pesticide Officer within the Ministry of Agriculture