Crop and Livestock Production Programme Gets Boost


The Crop and Livestock Production Programme has received a boost this year with $50 million set aside in the 2004/05 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.
The funds have been allotted to three subprojects including the Production Incentives project, which gets a share of $9 million to fund the Jamaica Dairy Development Board, which develops policy and monitors the growth of the dairy sector.
Moves to increase the production of selected crops to both the local and exports markets will bear fruit with the allocation of $15 million to the Domestic Food Crop project.
The project will continue to concentrate on the production of yam, hot pepper, sweet potato, tomato, pumpkin, sweet corn and exotic vegetables.
Meanwhile, another $26 million has been allotted to the Tree Crop subproject to increase the availability and diversity of economically viable and nutritionally important fruit tree species and encourage the development of the food processing industry by the provision of raw materials.
During the 2004/05 financial year, the project will continue the planting of fruit trees, training in the areas of orchard management practices and tree crop resuscitation, maintaining a fruit tree nursery and the distribution of chemicals, fertilizers and seedlings.

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