MONTEGO BAY — Preliminary figures show, more than 20 per cent increase in domestic crop production for the first quarter of 2011, over the similar period last year.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, who made the announcement at the opening of the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show yesterday April 25 in St. James, said that the official data will be released in another week or two.
He said that the high production figure is indicative of the trend over the last few years.
Dr. Tufton noted that the country's farmers continue to show resilience in overcoming challenges in the sector to achieve growth in production.
He said that despite severe drought, food rains and Tropical Storm Nicole last year, “our farmers…produced the highest volume of domestic output over the last 11 years, and that is something that we have to recognise and commend them for."
“Jamaican farmers produced and produced well, not just in quantity but also in quality. The year before that (production) expanded by some 12 per cent, with more than 500,000 tons of (domestic) produce produced by our farmers across the length and breadth of Jamaica,” he noted further.
By BRYAN MILLER, JIS REGIONAL OFFICE