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The market and other types of information needs of farmers have increased in importance with the demand for food production worldwide. Agricultural Information can be important for the sustainability of farm production, since it can ensure farmers receive revenues, which can be reinvested into continued production. This paper investigates the market information needs of farmers in Trinidad and Tobago, to assess if it is being met and what information they consider most important. The Likert scale was employed to achieve this objective by rating the importance of various types of information. Point Score Analysis was used to determine the factors which were identified as important among vegetable crop farmers. Contrary to expectations, the study found that crop farmers ranked weather and climate information most important while market price information was ranked 11th. The study also highlighted the importance of other types of information which can potentially improve the sustainability of domestic crop production in Trinidad and Tobago.

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