Proper on-farm water management critical – Dr. Panton


Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Marc Panton, says proper on-farm water management continues to be a critical component for reducing production costs and improving crop yields.
Speaking at an International Project Management Day function, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on October 4, Dr. Panton stressed that water was a crucial commodity that had to be managed in a similar way to the management of fertiliser.
“Interestingly enough, we still do not value water. We think that because we are the Land of Wood and Water [and] we get the hurricanes every year, we can still replenish the water,” he lamented.

Executive Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Carolyn Hayle (centre), and Managing Director of Customer Segments at LIME, Lloyd Distant (right), listen keenly to President of the Project Management Institute Jamaica Doctor Bird Chapter, David Cook, at a breakfast marking International Project Management Day, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on November 4.

Mr. Panton said the inefficient use of water has resulted in the Government having to subsidise 80 per cent of the water used in agriculture. He informed that the Government was moving to eliminate that subsidy soon.
As part of this thrust, a training and demonstration centre was recently launched in Hounslow, St. Elizabeth to educate farmers on the efficient usage of water resources.
Dr. Panton said that venture was part of the Ministry’s new project-focused approach to resolving challenges in agriculture. He said the Ministry has developed a new policy direction, restructured staff and departments and drafted operational manuals as part of this new thrust.

Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Marc Panton (right), shares in a light moment with (from left) Managing Director of Customer Segments at LIME, Lloyd Distant; Executive Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Carolyn Hayle; and President of the Project Management Institute Jamaica Doctor Bird Chapter, David Cook, at a breakfast marking International Project Management Day, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on November 4.

The International Project Management Day breakfast was put on by the Project Management Institute Jamaica Doctor Bird Chapter under the theme: ‘Project Management for Transformation’.
The National Commercial Bank was named the Project Management Organisation of the year, while Grace Solas was named Volunteer of the Year.

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