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Have you noticed in Saint Lucia, the “flagrant rise in the cost of every-day food items?” (letter)

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Dear Editor: Consumer affairs ministry please take note: major thievery going unnoticed, big time. When last did you, I mean anyone, who shops for groceries each day or each week noticed the flagrant rise in the cost of every-day food items? From toilet paper to cheese, from boxed cereals to condiments?

It appears that there is a competition to determine who can get away with charging the highest prices before possibly the Ministry of Consumer Affairs wakes up and takes a stand to protect us consumers.

In order to save some money these days one has to comparison-shop. My ritual is to check out one supermarket on one side of the street, then check the other across the same street, then hop on a bus into Castries and check out the smaller food outlets, which have sprung up on the other side of town, where some of the high-priced items are hygienically hand-packaged. There is a choice of possibly the exact amount of the product needed instead of an entire extra-large box of whatever.

This practice may seem extreme to some, however the trip into town may encourage you to pass through the Castries market. There you will find a bag of 10 beautiful tomatoes for three dollars, not eight or 10 dollars for a few long-ago packaged tomatoes from the supermarket.

You will also find substantially large bags of lettuce, locally grown, similar to the tomatoes for just three or five dollars, and a wide variety of fresh fruit and seasonings. Notice, these market prices have already paid for your trip to town with ample change left over. And, there is so much more.

The idea that you will not only be supporting our St. Lucian farmers but ingesting fresh luscious St. Lucian fruit should be enough to make you feel “Simply Beautiful”.

Remember the “All In” Independence saying? Well, this is what it means: “All Into supporting Lucians.

— Concerned resident


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  1. Well, st.lucia don't grow grapes, so you expect to pay less? wow. Eat local fruits then, if you can't afford it. I live in the USA, grapes are grown here, and so we do import as well, yet still it's not cheat, unless it's on sale. SHOP AROUND I AM SURE YOU CAN FIND GOOD DEALS.......


  2. well u late on that one pal. it has been like this for more than 5 years. imagine 1 apple selling for 5 dollars at massy store. and u cant buy grapes now if u dont have 20 dollars. i dont buy these things anymore. and 6 dollars for peas. ridiculous. these are the things the governmnet must see and work on with these busineses. people are starving here because of food prices.


    • When the head of the OECS Commission is on a tax payer funded salary of $40,000 a month plus a car is it any wonder why policies to bring down food is failing...all the money to do anything gets put into the fat fat cats pocket while the skinny rasta starves...usual story...do something to channel the wasteful salaries of places like OECS into producers pockets to increase supply of fresh food. That will bring down prices...basic economics...


  3. If you want reduced prices check Dillys Supermarket and Wet & Cold.
    Some of the items they sell are waayyy cheaper than you know who.


  4. Food prices are ridiculous but so is water,electricity, wifi, school books, medical and gas. The people who can put a stop to these increases can afford to pay for these items, so the average man continues to suffer and crime continues to rise.


  5. How could we support local when the powers that be do not give care? We import everything, thinking that foreign is better than local. America is our biggest trading partner but that trading is one-sided. We export nothing but import everything, even Pineapples, which can be grown locally because of the fertility of our soil. It just shows people who do not care about putting the people, particularly the youth to work and call them lazy when they ask for a hand-out.

    Leaders lead by example and from the front.


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