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Coconut Industry Board Targeting Property Acquisitions in St. Mary

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Cabinet approval is being sought for the Coconut Industry Board’s (CIB) acquisition of two properties and one facility in St. Mary, to enable further expansion of the entity’s commercial activities. These, he says, are: the 1,028-acre Water Valley Farm; the…

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Government to Consider Divestment of 10,500 Acres of Former Cane Lands

The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock. It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic…

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MSME Owners Encouraged to Keep Records

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) owners, especially farmers, to keep records of their business activities, so they can have better access to loans and other capital they need for growth. Speaking at the Ministry’s CEO Breakfast Forum…

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Five-Year Manufacturing Strategy Being Crafted

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Ministry is working with the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (JMEA) and the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) on the development of a Five-Year Manufacturing Strategy. He said that the strategy will be tabled in Parliament as soon as it…

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Work Under Way to Establish National Trade Portal

The Government has commenced work to establish Jamaica’s National Trade Portal, which was approved by Cabinet in 2017/18. This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, while opening the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 1). Mr. Shaw, who indicated…

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Gov’t Entities to be ISO 9001-Certified

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is spearheading implementation of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 Quality Management System across priority agencies of Government. This is according to Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who was opening the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday…

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US$950 Million for BPO and Tourism Projects

The Government has programmed capital expenditure of approximately US$950 million on business process outsourcing (BPO) and tourism projects, through Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), for the 2018/19 fiscal year. This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, while delivering the opening 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in…

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Agriculture Minister to Place More Focus on Fisheries

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be placing more focus on fisheries during this fiscal year, with the hope of increasing the nation’s earnings from the sector. Making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House on May 1, Mr. Shaw said…

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Five Million Fruit Trees to be Planted over Five Years

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says an aggressive fruit tree planting programme will be implemented over the next five years. As part of this initiative, dubbed the Greening of Jamaica, the Jamaica 4-H Clubs will make available the first one million seedlings over the next year.…

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Agriculture Minister to Craft Plan to Grow Sector

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be working towards developing a new plan during this fiscal year for long-term growth and sustainability in Jamaica’s agricultural sector. “If we are going to chart a new course for the agricultural sector, we must begin with…

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Growth in Agriculture Subsectors

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reported that there was growth in seven subsectors in agriculture in 2017, when compared to their production in 2016. These subsectors are corn, plantain, banana, pineapple, dasheen, coconut and milk. Mr. Shaw made the announcement during his presentation in…

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Local Horticulturalists Encouraged to Take Advantage of Export Market

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging local horticulturalists to take advantage of the commercial opportunities in the international market. “We need to take that step and seek to isolate a number of our flowers that are unique to Jamaica and turn them into an…

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Agriculture Minister Says Idle Lands Must Be Utilised

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says idle lands can be used to produce crops, particularly for processing, to satisfy local and export demands. The Minister points out that this activity will contribute to the country’s food security and create employment for many young persons. “This can…

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Agriculture Minister Calls on Farmers to Produce More Irish Potatoes

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called on farmers in Manchester to produce more Irish potatoes to satisfy the high demand of local fast-food restaurant operators and franchises. Speaking at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority’s (RADA) Sensitisation Meeting and National Irish Potato Stakeholders’ Seminar at…

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$300 Million to Expand and Upgrade Infrastructure at Bodles Research Station

The Government has allocated some $300 million towards the Bodles Research Station redevelopment programme. The funds are to be used to expand and upgrade the infrastructure of the facility located in Old Harbour, St. Catherine. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, made the disclosure at a…

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Cabinet to Review National Seed Policy

The National Seed Policy, which is now a White Paper, is to be submitted to Cabinet for review, says Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw. The goal of the policy is to establish a sustainable seed system that ensures consistent and reliable supply of clean, affordable…

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MOU Signed to Upgrade Seed Lab at Bodles

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the refurbishing of the Bodles Research Station’s seed laboratory and storage facility in St. Catherine. This is one of several adaptation initiatives being implemented under…

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Gov’t Protecting Consumers from Substandard Goods

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica remains vigilant in protecting consumers from the influx of substandard goods in the marketplace. He noted that while it is estimated that 80 per cent  of global trade is affected by standards and technical regulations,  Jamaica still has…

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Fisheries Minister Gives Commitment to Sector Stakeholders

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is committed to creating an enabling environment which fosters growth and sustainability within the fisheries sector. Speaking at a Sustainable Fisheries Forum, held at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, St. Ann, on Thursday, April 19, Mr. Shaw…

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Unclaimed Funds as Financing Option for MSMEs

The Government is to engage technical consultants to assess the feasibility of utilising unclaimed funds, held by financial institutions, as a critical financing option for the growth and development of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector. This was disclosed by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon.…

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