JIS News

PORT ANTONIO — Radical Farms, which produces tomatoes for the local and exports markets, was officially opened on Wednesday (January 12) by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton.

Operated by Ryan Chung, the farm, located on the outskirts of Port Maria in St. Mary, utilises greenhouse technology in the cultivation of the crop.  The facility has been in operation since December 2010.

Minister Tufton welcomed the new entrant in the agricultural industry. He noted that the government has been encouraging more Jamaicans to take up farming to ensure food security for the sustenance of the Jamaican people and the overall protection of the national interest.

He said that gone are the days when the thinking was that the big producing nations of the world must assume responsibility for supplying the food required by other countries.

Dr. Tufton said that there is a “definite need” for greater production of food to satisfy the needs of people worldwide, which makes agriculture an attractive business.

He urged the country’s farmers to take advantage of this need to increase production for local and overseas markets.

He said the Ministry is fully committed to working with stakeholders to transform the sector, including facilitating the use of technology, research and best practices.

By ASTON G. BAILEY, JIS REGIONAL OFFICE