JIS News

MONTEGO BAY — President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Glendon Harris, says that plans are well advanced for Jamaican farmers to visit Cuba for special training in the manufacture of organic fertilizer.

Speaking at the St. James Association of Branch Societies’ Annual General Meeting, at the St. John’s Methodist Church, Montego Bay, on Thursday (June 16), Mr. Harris said that the programme was made possible through a partnership between the JAS and the Cuban Association of Small Farmers.

“We have a Memorandum of Understanding, and I will be going to Cuba, in September or October, to firm up agreements, so that farmers from Jamaica can go to Cuba on special training programmes,” he said.

He told the farmers that the training programmes were being designed to assist them to drastically reduce the cost of fertilizer and chemicals, making their farming activities more affordable and profitable.

Turning to other issues, Mr. Harris said that focus continues to be placed on praedial larceny, which has become one of the greatest challenges to farming across the country.

“The Commissioner of Police has committed that, from the police’s perspective, there will be a roll-out of special programmes and plans to counteract the illegal activity, by staging a National Praedial Larceny Day,” he stated.

He said this will be designed to “send the signal that the days when thieves can walk into people’s property and reap what they did not sow, is over”.

He pointed out that the Commissioner has also indicated that all police stations will be instructed to give maximum support to the farmers.   

The President encouraged farmers to continue to do their best, despite the challenges, and to remain encouraged, as the police seek to “go the extra mile” in assisting and supporting their efforts to feed the nation.