Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on Monday morning, July 15, met with the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Mr. Jose DaSilva who is on a visit to the island.
The meeting reviewed FAO’s Programme of Cooperation with Jamaica and technical assistance to help combat the beet army worm affecting vegetable farmers, particularly in St. Elizabeth and the citrus greening disease. The FAO Director General said that the Brazilian Research facility – EMBRAPA, will also be assisting in efforts to combat the coffee leaf rust and citrus greening diseases. Mr. DaSilva reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment to assist the development of Jamaica’s dairy, pork and small ruminants (goat/sheep) programme as well as a pilot school feeding programme with supplies targeted from farmers.
The Prime Minister thanked the FAO for the support it has provided over the years in the development of Jamaica’s vital agricultural sector. The Prime Minister was accompanied in the discussions by the Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill; Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Roger Clarke and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Donovan Stanberry.
Along with the FAO Director General were Mr. Deep Ford, FAO Regional Director; Carlos Hartog, Adviser to the Director General and Mr. Jerome Thomas, FAO Representative in Jamaica.
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