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  • The Government will be intensifying measures to address challenges in the agriculture sector and improve the market potential of Jamaica’s fresh produce locally and internationally.
  • This will be facilitated under the Agriculture Competitiveness Programme Bridging Project, which has been allocated some $326 million in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.
  • Several key strategies will be undertaken in the new fiscal year under the project.

The Government will be intensifying measures to address challenges in the agriculture sector and improve the market potential of Jamaica’s fresh produce locally and internationally.

This will be facilitated under the Agriculture Competitiveness Programme Bridging Project, which has been allocated some $326 million in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.

Several key strategies will be undertaken in the new fiscal year under the project.

They include development of the Spring Gardens Agro Park in Portland; development of the agri-business value chain; capacity building of the Ministry’s staff and other stakeholders; and the development of the mango industry.

To date, under the project, irrigation pipes and fittings have been procured and installed, farm access road constructed, and water channel and project implementation unit established.

The Agriculture Competitiveness Programme Bridging Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.