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  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Luther Buchanan, says that the Government is committed to strengthening the livestock sector, to ensure its sustainability and enhance food security for citizens.
  • He was speaking at the 62nd Annual General Meeting of the Cattle Breeders Association, which was held at Woodstock Farms in Ashton, Westmoreland on Thursday (July 9).
  • Minister Buchanan saluted the members for their commitment over the years and urged them to continue to work hard to grow the sector.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Luther Buchanan, says that the Government is committed to strengthening the livestock sector, to ensure its sustainability and enhance food security for citizens.

“We will therefore continue to strengthen our research and development capacity to support production, by providing genetic material, and enhance multiplication techniques for herd expansion,” he said.

He was speaking at the 62nd Annual General Meeting of the Cattle Breeders Association, which was held at Woodstock Farms in Ashton, Westmoreland on Thursday (July 9).

Minister Buchanan saluted the members for their commitment over the years and urged them to continue to work hard to grow the sector.

He noted that Jamaica’s rich cattle-breeding legacy, dating back to the pioneering days of the late Dr. T. P. Lecky, has provided the country with its own cattle and livestock industry,  which is recognised as first world standard.

“Building on Dr. Lecky’s work and Jamaica’s tradition of cattle breeding, the government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has recently embarked on the further development and expansion of the cattle and small ruminants sector, utilising artificial insemination and embryo transfer for the rapid development and multiplication of livestock,” Mr.  Buchanan informed.

He pointed out that Jamaica’s breeding of dairy and beef cattle has earned the country the reputation for high quality resulting in strong demand for Jamaica’s cattle in the neighbouring Caribbean countries.

“In 2012, the livestock sector contributed approximately $10.4 billion to the country’s economy, which equates to one per cent of gross domestic product (GDP),” he noted.

 

“My appeal therefore to all of us is to ensure that we work with our experts at the Bodles Research and Development Station of the Ministry and to apply technology and techniques that are available to us, to ensure the expansion and sustainability of our cattle breeding programme in Jamaica,” he urged.