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  • President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, is reporting that consumers will have enough local produce for the festive season.
  • Speaking with JIS News, Senator Grant said following the severe drought conditions in the second and third quarters of 2014, the agricultural sector has rebounded.
  • He attributed this to the favourable weather conditions Jamaica is now experiencing and the injection of over $150 million into sector by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to mitigate the drought that affected over 18,000 farmers.

President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, is reporting that consumers will have enough local produce for the festive season.

Speaking with JIS News, Senator Grant said following the severe drought conditions in the second and third quarters of 2014, the agricultural sector has rebounded.

He attributed this to the favourable weather conditions Jamaica is now experiencing and the injection of over $150 million into sector by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to mitigate the drought that affected over 18,000 farmers.

“We are seeing significant growth in the fourth quarter, because of the investment of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the strategies implemented by the JAS, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), and farmers. We will have adequate supplies of ground provision,” Senator Grant said.

According to Senator Grant, there is evidence of a considerable increase in production in all agricultural produce, including Irish potato, gungo peas, yam, sweet potato, vegetables, sorrel, pork, and red peas.

“Based on the figures, and projection at this time, there is no anxiety to import anything. There is no signal of shortage in any product, and if there is any need to ensure there will be balance, in terms of prices, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Government will make the call,” Senator Grant explained.

He noted that prices of goods are trending down. “In the third quarter, tomatoes were being sold for $300 per pound and the price is now between $60 and $80 in the different markets across the country.  So, prices will be competitive, which will be good for the consumers,” he said.

“I am appealing to consumers to buy local this festive season, as we continue to grow what we eat and eat what we grow,” Senator Grant added.

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