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Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has said that the Ministry is working to reverse the decline in the agricultural sector to enhance food security and improve agro-processing.
Addressing the official launch of Jamaica Producers Tropical Foods, a division of Jamaica Producers Group, at the St. Mary Banana Estates in Annotto Bay on November 26, Dr. Tufton said that Government fully understands the challenges with which the agricultural sector is confronted and is determined to address the issues.
He said the Government will be strengthening the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) to improve technical support and marketing opportunities for farmers; providing more financial support for the sector; re-examining the country’s approach to trade with a view to bringing more beneficial terms to farmers; and consolidating facilities at the Customs Department to ensure that the productive capacity of the farming community is not undermined. According to Dr. Tufton, the country’s agriculture has been in decline for sometime and the Government is committed to reversing this trend, to ensure that the country can adequately feed its citizens.
He congratulated the Jamaica Producers Group on launching Tropical Foods, noting that this will serve as a catalyst for the further development of the agricultural sector.
Also addressing the function was Commercial Director of Jamaica Producers Tropical Foods, Rolf Simmonds, who said that Jamaica Producers Group is committed to investing heavily in agriculture in Jamaica, despite the challenges the country has been facing.
Jamaica Producers Tropical Foods produces St. Mary’s Cassava Chips, which is available in original and barbecue flavours.

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