by Raphael John-Lall (Trinidad Guardian) T&T could be facing food shortages and higher food prices over the next few months.
Flour, vegetable oil, peas and some types of meats are some of the products that the country could face possible shortages of.
Members of the business community who spoke to the Guardian Media attributed these likely shortages and higher prices to the conflict in Ukraine and other factors like a lack of access to foreign exchange.
A media release from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in T&T on Friday warned T&T and countries worldwide to brace for higher food prices.
“The global food import bill is on course to hit a new record of US$1.8 trillion this year, but higher prices and transport costs rather than volumes account for the bulk of the expected increase,” the release said.
In a newspaper ad on Thursday, Sheik Lisha Ltd based in Cunupia apologised for shortages of products such as flour, paper bags and plastic bags which they blamed on the Russian/Ukraine war.