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  • The Government is in discussion with overseas interests for the sale of a cocoa farm in St. Thomas, and rehabilitation of production in the parish to supply the high-end market in London.
  • Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, made the disclosure on Wednesday (February 19), while delivering the main address at the 2015 staging of the Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show in Falmouth, Trelawny.
  • Minister Kellier said the United Kingdom market also has a high demand for Jamaican Covington sweet potato, melon, canned ackee and callaloo as well as yam.

The Government is in discussion with overseas interests for the sale of a cocoa farm in St. Thomas, and rehabilitation of production in the parish to supply the high-end market in London.

Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, made the disclosure on Wednesday (February 19), while delivering the main address at the 2015 staging of the Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show in Falmouth, Trelawny.

He said the deal should be signed by March of this year “We are currently in discussion with a major entity that produces and sells cocoa in the higher end of the London market. This entity has agreed to purchase a cocoa farm in St. Thomas, to upgrade the processing facility on it, as well as to purchase cocoa from existing farmers and support the rehabilitation and expansion of cocoa production in St. Thomas to guarantee the supply of some 200,00 tonnes of Jamaican cocoa per annum,” he said.

Minister Kellier said the United Kingdom market also has a high demand for Jamaican Covington sweet potato, melon, canned ackee and callaloo as well as yam. He noted that effort will be make to boost the production of all these crops in the agro parks.

“We intend to start planting sweet potato and melon in the agro parks by June of this year to facilitate the first shipment to the United Kingdom by the end of the year. In terms of the Covington sweet potato, ackee and callaloo…having identified markets, the buyers will be in Jamaica this week and we will link them with the agro park in Meylersfield, Westmoreland which is slated to export over 15, 000 cans of ackee and callaloo annually,” he informed.

 

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