Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries Ministry Papers 48 – 60/2014

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, during his contribution to the 2014/2015 Budget Debate, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Roger Clarke tabled 13 Ministry Papers, detailing our activities and successes. They are listed as follows:

1. Ministry Paper 48/2014: Agro Park Development Programme

An Agro Park is an area of intensive, contiguous, parcel of land for agricultural production which seeks to integrate all facets of the agricultural value chain from pre-production to production, post harvesting and marketing.  All these activities are being executed by the Agro-invest Corporation (AIC) within the framework of a tripartite partnership involving the Government, the farmers/investors and marketing entities…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

2. Ministry Paper 49/2014: Strengthening Agriculture Education and Research 

The Ministry started making strides towards the strengthening and re-organization of the agricultural research division through the fostering of collaborative linkages with academic research institutions, international research organizations and private public sector partnerships…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

3. Ministry Paper 50/2014: Aquaculture Development Initiatives 

Jamaica has one of the highest levels of fish consumption per capita in the Americas (14.8 kilograms per year). The country is, however, highly dependent on imports. In 2012 total fish and fishery product imports was valued at US$ 109,849,367.00 which accounted for 11.58% of the total food import bill in 2012.  Fish is the second most important contributor to animal-origin protein intake in Jamaica…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

4. Ministry Paper 51/2014: Food Safety Initiatives

Food safety is an issue of growing importance due to several world-wide trends that contribute to increasing safety risks in food systems, such as the growing movement of people across borders; increased movement of agricultural and food products across borders; rapid urbanisation; changes in food processing and handling practices; and the re-emergence/emergence of critical diseases, pathogens, toxins and other issues…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

5. Ministry Paper 52/2014: Ginger Industry Expansion Programme

Jamaican has a long tradition of producing high-quality ginger with unique chemical compositions that are valued in specialty markets in major importing countries, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. However, since the early-1990s, the country has been largely excluded from global ginger trade due to the impact of diseases…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

6. Ministry Paper 53/2014: Irish Potato Production Programme

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is implementing several strategies to reduce the food import bill, by growing more of what we consume. One of the strategies being employed to reduce our food import bill is the strategy of import substitution, where there is deliberate effort to increase production of certain crops…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

7. Ministry Paper 54/2014: Jamaica Dairy Development Board

As an indicator of nutritional status, Jamaicans are not drinking enough milk for a normal healthy life. Per capita consumption of milk remains at 105 ml/day. This is one-third of the average for Latin America and the Caribbean; one-fifth of the average for developed countries; slightly less than the average of other developing countries; and half of The World Health Organisation minimum requirement…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

8. Ministry Paper 55/2014: Report on activities in furtherance of the proper management of the Pedro Cays

The Pedro Bank is one of the largest offshore banks (8,040 km2) in the Caribbean. It is the most productive fishing area in Jamaica where a significant proportion of finfish for local consumption, and spiny lobsters and conch for export are harvested. Since the 1950s, fishers have used two (i.e., the North East and Middle Cays) of the four cays on the Pedro Bank as a base for their fishing operations…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

9. Ministry Paper 56/2014: Praedial Larceny

Recently, there has been a glaring upsurge in the theft of livestock, in particular Cattle and small ruminants. The Police have increased their presence on major thoroughfares and the frequency of sting operations however, the perpetrators of praedial larceny continue to negatively impact production in the sector and the livelihood of farmers and other investors…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

10. Ministry Paper 57/2014: Interventions in the School Feeding Programme

Several national and international studies have concluded that investing in school feeding contributes to significant economic development.  School Feeding Programmes are acknowledged internationally by both governments and donor agencies as a valuable safety net mechanism to improve livelihoods…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD 

11. Ministry Paper 58/2014: Small Stock Industry

The small ruminant industry continues to play an important economic and nutritional role in Jamaican small farming systems, with goat meat being the more popular. Large quantities of chevron and mutton are being imported to satisfy local demand which exists primarily in the hospitality sector.  Hence, increasing the production of these commodities continues to be among the top priorities of the Government of Jamaica’s food security and import bill reduction strategy…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

12. Ministry Paper 59/2014: Report on the Achievements of the Sugar Transformation Unit (STU), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

In 2003, Brazil, Thailand and Australia submitted a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) that challenged the legality of subsidies applied to European Community sugar. Arising from the WTO’s ruling in favor of the three countries, the European Union (EU) agreed to a programme of reforms to its sugar regime which resulted in a reduction of 36% in the guaranteed price paid for sugar exported by ACP countries to the EU…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD

13. Ministry Paper 60 /2014: Divestment of The Wallenford Coffee Company and Also The Commercial Assets of The Cocoa Industry Board

Since it was formed in 2004, the WCC has been experiencing severe financial difficulties, resulting in the company’s inability to meet its liabilities. This led to the Government’s decision to divest company in 2009…READ MORE & DOWNLOAD