As per reports on Nationwide FM in Jamaica , Burger King and Jamaica Boilers are at odds over the price of beef patties. Burger King is accusing Jamaica boilers of over charging them for beef and claims they are paying the highest prices in the world at $490 JMD per pound. Jamaica Boilers have admitted to the high cost of beef but have stated that they have to import beef and face a 80% duty on the meat which is reason for the high cost. Farming in Jamaica have declined to the extent where more than 50% of the beef and chicken that is sold in Jamaica is imported. A small farmer explained that they are discouraged by thieves who plague their farms and the cost for local beef if they were to raise animals would be $240 JMD per pound which is less than 50% of what it costs to import it now.
With Cuba’s renewed relationship with the United States they will be in line to be the top Caribbean country in terms of tourism , farming and development. Cuba has no loans to pay the IMF and with profitable investments there will be less tourist coming to Jamaica and more going to Cuba.
Jamaica’s future will be brighter with more farmers producing and selling locally. The videos below shows how the decline in banana farming has brought Port Morant to a stand still.