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  • The Government is moving to align the needs of the School Feeding Programme to production in the seven agro-parks across the island.
  • This is part of measures to include more locally produced food in the School Feeding Programme.
  • The Programme seeks to increase the nutritional levels of the country’s children, and enhance the livelihood of Jamaican farmers.

The Government is moving to align the needs of the School Feeding Programme to production in the seven agro-parks across the island.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2014/15 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 23.

He noted that this is part of measures to include more locally produced food in the School Feeding Programme.

The Programme seeks to increase the nutritional levels of the country’s children, and enhance the livelihood of Jamaican farmers.

“I am happy to report that since October 2013, Nutrition Products Limited (NPL) has been using liquid eggs in their solid snacks as partial substitution for imported margarine and vegetable oil,” Mr. Clarke said.

He informed that this egg is being supplied by the Jamaica Egg Processors Limited, which has since supplied some 2,151 kg of liquid eggs, valued at about $1.340 million, and used in the production of over 476,000 bullas.

Additionally, NPL has diversified its solid snack offerings, to include banana and carrot cakes and banana muffins.

“All the carrots and bananas for these products have been sourced locally. The banana purchased to date is 2,925 kilogramme (kg), valued at $163,607, while the total volume of carrots purchased is 1,905 kg valued at some $92,444,” Mr. Clarke said.