The Coffee Competitiveness Enterprise Programme is to receive $10.4 million this fiscal year, to help small farmers improve productivity, and producers to acquire appropriate tools and technologies.
The project, as outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, and being implemented by the Coffee Industry Board, seeks to provide capacity building of co-operatives in the central and northern regions of the island. The Common Fund for Commodities-financed project also seeks to promote consumption of good quality coffee.
This year’s targets are to: procure seedlings and fertilizer; conduct farmer training; and provide post harvest support.
Up to December, a number of activities were carried out to advance the programme, including the training of farmers; purchase of seedlings, fertilizer, small tools, pumps, office equipment and furniture; and the construction of a nursery in St. Catherine.
By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporter