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Minister of Agriculture, Roger Clarke has said that his Ministry is in discussion with several of its international agricultural partners to secure additional resources for the country’s agricultural sector, which was hard hit by Hurricane Ivan last month.
Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (October 26), the Agriculture Minister said: “we have had positive responses from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.
According to Minister Clarke, the aid from the respective foreign associations stems from a meeting he convened with representatives of agencies immediately after Hurricane Ivan had struck.
He told the House of Representatives that the assistance package was being finalised and would provide assistance to farmers involved in both production for the domestic and export markets. Included in this package, is a grant of $300,000, for the rehabilitation of the nursery facilities at the Bodles Research Station in St. Catherine and for the provision of inputs for seedling production.
Additionally, another grant amounting to $200,000 is to go towards the renovation of the Aquaculture Division. The money will be used to repair the fish ponds and provision will be made for the production of fingerlings for the domestic and export markets, Minister Clarke informed.

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