Agriculture Ministry Seeking to Boost Pig Farming

Agriculture Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has invited the Jamaica Pig Farmers Association to collaborate with the Ministry in developing a programme to boost production in the industry.Dr. Tufton, who was addressing the association’s fifth annual general meeting held recently in Ocho Rios, said that the aim is to satisfy local demand for pork.
“Based on research that I have done, I understand that in terms of output level, you are unable to satisfy the local demand,” Dr. Tufton said, noting that last year alone, more than 600,000 kilograms of pig carcass was imported into the country.
He said that the government is prepared to work with farmers to help them develop the capacity to meet that demand. According to Minister Tufton, any programme implemented to boost production in the industry, must be viable overtime. “It cannot be a programme that depends consistently on subsidies or hand downs,” he stated. In the meantime, the Agriculture Minister urged the farmers to seize the opportunities available in the sector to increase productivity. “What is quite clear from what I have seen is that there are opportunities out there for pig production because people are consuming more than is being provided,” he pointed out. The meeting was held under the theme: ‘Improving Technology at the Farm Level for Regional and International Competitiveness’.

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