Ministry

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Head Minister Email: hmoffice@moa.gov.jm

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has been charged with the responsibility of driving the integration of the production of primary agricultural produce along all the stages of the supply chain through to value added and facilitating full commercialization of outputs of the agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors.

By 2030, MoAF has achieved an innovative, inclusive, sustainable and internationally competitive agriculture sector.

Mission Statement
To create an enabling environment which grows and sustains industries in the agricultural sector while fostering gender equality and social inclusion in all our policies, programmes and projects

Mandate:
-To DEVELOP sustainable food systems by driving local production of primary agricultural produce, livestock and fisheries to widen the supply chain, integrate production up the value chain and foster youth in agriculture and agro-entrepreneurship.
-To PROMOTE a lucrative Agribusiness sector that drives productivity and job creation for all regardless of sex, age, socio-economic status or ability.
-To REGULATE towards a modern and efficient agricultural sector

Outcomes
-To increase, by 10% annually, the agriculture and fisheries production, including value-added production.
-To increase, by 20%, the application of appropriate technology by Jamaican farmers, agricultural producers and agro-entrepreneurs through research, development & innovation by 2024
-To develop and implement twenty (20) supporting policy, legal and planning frameworks that will protect agricultural lands, aquatic ecosystems, plant genetic resources, livestock genetic resources, and fisheries resources
-To develop and begin implementation of action plans of at least four (4) key emerging crops in agriculture and agribusiness sectors within the next four years.
-To increase, by 10%, the access of micro, small and medium agro-enterprise to adequate infrastructure, finance and support services by 2025
-To have at least 20% of beneficiaries of MOAF’s programmes be youth, women, persons with disability, or any vulnerable group from the agriculture sector by 2025
-To reduce the incidence of select pests, diseases, food borne pathogens for targeted ten (10) crops and livestock
-To increase by 20% agricultural exports by 2025
-To allocate and optimally use human and financial resources based on agreed National and Ministry’s strategic priorities.

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