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The island’s private sector, including the financial agencies, is again being urged to do more to support the agriculture sector.
The call came from President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Senator Norman Grant, as he addressed a workshop and exposition put on by the Goat Breeders’ Association on October 1 at Bodles in St. Catherine.
He noted that while government had a critical role to play in the development of agriculture, “it cannot be the only one giving support to the sector.”
Calling on banks to reduce interest rates on borrowing, Senator Grant noted that the high cost of money had restricted investment in essential inputs such as raw material, labour and the upgrading of infrastructure.
Agriculture, Senator Grant pointed out, was perhaps the third largest employer of labour in the country and therefore deserved the commitment of everyone. “Every single Jamaican. has a genetic link to rural communities and the agricultural sector and so we should all embrace the sector,” he stated.
The Goat Breeders’ Association has been in existence since November 1997 and is housed at the Bodles Research Station in Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

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