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  • Vitazyme is an all-natural growth formulation, which, when applied to crops, improves their yield and quality.
  • It is manufactured by United States-based firm, Vital Earth Resources.
  • The bio-stimulant is one option being examined by the Ministry, as it continues to explore all tangible possibilities to boost the sector and safeguard food security.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is exploring the possibility of introducing the bio-stimulant Vitazyme to the local agriculture industry as part of efforts to boost production and productivity.

Vitazyme is an all-natural growth formulation, which, when applied to fruits, vegetables, small grains, and other crops, improves their yield and quality.

It is manufactured by United States-based firm, Vital Earth Resources, and has reportedly yielded significant success in the countries where it has been introduced. These include: Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The formulation includes enzymes, vitamins and other growth stimulants, and is said to be a safe, non-toxic solution for today’s agriculture.

“This technology has been used by our neighbours in Cuba in their sugar industry, and tomato and sweet potato production, resulting in significant increase in productivity,” informed Agriculture Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke.

He was addressing a stakeholder sensitization seminar on the stimulant on Tuesday, January 14, at the Bodles Research Station in Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

“We can also take the example of the sugar cane industry, which has vast potential for increased production and productivity and, based on the Cuban experience, we in Jamaica can also explore the possibilities for Vitazyme in that regard,” he added.

Mr. Clarke invited all sector stakeholders to “explore this bio-friendly technology which may lead to increased productivity.”

The bio-stimulant is one option being examined by the Ministry, as it continues to explore all tangible possibilities to boost the sector and safeguard food security, while reducing the country’s food import bill, which is at almost US$1billion per annum.

Minister Clarke noted that as part of the focus, the Ministry has embarked on initiatives such as the Agro Parks programme, which seeks to increase production of key crops to boost exports and reduce imports; and the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which provides the framework for the government to increase local food production, improve access to food by the most vulnerable, and “bolster the resilience of our food production systems.”

“We want to ensure that Jamaicans have access to good food of high nutritional value on a sustained and affordable basis. As a country, we need to increase our capacity to produce adequate and wholesome food to ensure the health and well-being of our people,” he underscored.

Over 30 sector stakeholders attended the seminar, which was held under the theme: ‘Improving Crop Production, Increasing Productivity’.