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A sum of $1.07 billion is to be funneled into the Production Incentive Programme this year as the Government continues to drive agricultural output.

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., made the disclosure during a recent post-Sectoral debate press briefing at the Ministry’s Old Hope Road offices in Kingston.

The allocation for this year includes $258 million for the planting of 12 priority crops on approximately 3,917 hectares of land and engaging 9,476 farmers, with a focus on roots as a viable substitute for importing wheat and rice.

In addition, $122 million is reserved for livestock production to include small ruminants, poultry, apiculture, fisheries, pork and rabbit; $100 million for fertiliser support; $35 million for equipment; and $250 million for climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives.

The allocation will also go towards the rehabilitation of 80 greenhouses (75,000 square feet) at a cost of $10 million.; and $230 million for grant assistance to farmers, youth in agriculture, as well as agriculture promotions.

The Production Incentive Programme is a major initiative of the Ministry aimed at boosting agriculture production to ensure food security, increase income generation and foreign exchange earnings, and promote rural development.

It focuses on the use of adaptable climate-smart and resilient approaches to improve crop and livestock output.

Meanwhile, the Ministry is also providing $670 million for the farm road programme.

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