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Tourism-Agriculture Link To Create Jobs

The Government is targeting an employment boom from the strengthening of linkages between agriculture and tourism. Director of Taxation Policy in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ian Scarlett, said that Government is looking to capitalise on the continued growth in the agriculture sector by creating ready and secured markets…

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Agriculture Ministry Moves to Boost Non-Traditional Exports

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will shortly embark on a programme aimed at increasing and safeguarding the export of Jamaica’s non-traditional agricultural produce and products. The programme, which will target local farmers and exporters, aims to create an export platform framework that facilitates exchange between suppliers and purchasers in…

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New Rocky Point Market to Benefit Over 4,000 Persons

Residents of Rocky Point, Clarendon, are welcoming the construction of a new market in their community, built at a cost of approximately $50 million, on the grounds of a previous facility. More than 300 persons will benefit directly, and 4,200 indirectly, from the market, which was built over five months,…

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Irish Potato Programme on Track

The National Irish Potato Programme (NIPP) is reporting that more than 1,400 tonnes of Irish potato have been reaped from 142 hectares of farm land, over the past six months. This, as the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries continues to promote local production of Irish potatoes, to meet the current…

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$96.6 Million for Banana Accompanying Measures Project

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is to receive $96.65 million to carry out a project to combat poverty and improve revenues in banana dependent areas. The Jamaica Banana Accompanying Measures (JBAMS) project is being funded by a $90 million grant from the European Union, and $6.65 million from the…

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$64.9 Million to Improve Resilience of Agricultural Sector

Government has allocated $64.9 million towards enhancing the resilience of the country’s agricultural sector and coastal areas. This is set out in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the House of Representatives. The project, which is being financed through the Adaptation Fund and the Government, is being implemented by…

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Jamaica on Track to Satisfy Irish Potato Needs

Jamaica is on target to be self sufficient in the production of table Irish potato by 2015. This was disclosed by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, in a speech read by Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Lenworth Fulton, at the launch of National…

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Rural Economic Development Initiative Gets $350 Million

Small farmers and tourism projects in rural Jamaica will receive a boost of $350 million this fiscal year, under the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI). The funds have been set aside in the Government’s proposed budget for 2014/15. The project, which began in January 2010, aims to improve market access…

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Research on All Natural Bio-Stimulant to Boost Crop Production

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is to lead a series of research on a new all natural bio-stimulant formulation, Vitazyme, being considered for introduction in the agricultural sector. The exercise, slated to commence this month (March), will entail extensive field trials to determine Vitazyme’s potential to enhance soil composition…

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Agriculture Ministry Mulls Drones to Combat Poaching

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is looking into the use of drones to man the country’s fisheries resources, to combat illegal fishing by foreign poachers. “We are now in the process of looking at drones to deal with policing our fish resources, because we are losing millions of dollars…

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House Committee Proposes Strengthening of Praedial Larceny Law

Persons found in possession of agricultural produce, for which they have no receipt or invoice, may face hefty fines if recommendations put forward by the Economy and Production Committee of Parliament for the strengthening the praedial larceny law are adopted. At a meeting at Gordon House on January 14, committee…

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Monymusk and Frome Sugar Factories to be Upgraded

Pan-Caribbean Limited, operators of the Monymusk and Frome sugar factories, has announced plans to pump some US$180 million to US$200 million into enhancing the plants, and upgrading equipment at the two facilities. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pan-Caribbean, Dr. Huaixiang Wu, made the announcement on January 15, as he addressed…

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Pan-Caribbean to Sell Sugar and Molasses on Behalf of Cane Farmers

The All Island Jamaica Cane Farmers Association has signed an agreement with Pan-Caribbean Sugar Company, authorizing the firm to sell sugar and molasses on behalf of the farmers, and to establish a pricing regime. Under the agreement, the farmers, represented by the association and trading under the name, All Cane,…

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Agriculture Ministry Looking at Bio-Stimulant to Boost Productivity

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is exploring the possibility of introducing the bio-stimulant Vitazyme to the local agriculture industry as part of efforts to boost production and productivity. Vitazyme is an all-natural growth formulation, which, when applied to fruits, vegetables, small grains, and other crops, improves their yield and…

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Over $28M Allocated to Improve Sanitation and Management of Pedro Cays

Government has allocated more than $28 million to address waste management, and to beef up fisheries monitoring and enforcement on the Northeast and Middle Cays of the Pedro Banks. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, who made the disclosure on Thursday, January 9, informed that the financing was…

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Youth Award Winner Continues to Blaze Trail in Agriculture

The 2010 recipient of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Agriculture, Nicholas Powell, continues to blaze a trail in the sector. Mr. Powell manages several green houses and has recently increased his acreage to produce yam, sweet potato and cocoa. The 27-year-old farmer , who hails from…

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Big Boost for Cassava Production

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and brewing company, Red Stripe, have signed a lease agreement for land at Bernard Lodge, St. Catherine, to facilitate the multi-million dollar Project Grow cassava initiative, being undertaken by Red Stripe’s parent company, Diageo. Signed at Red Stripe’s Spanish Town Road head office in…

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Government Provides $7.5M to Assist Agro Park Farmers in St. Thomas

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Government has pumped $7.5 million into a recovery effort to help farmers at the Plantain Garden River Agro Park, in St. Thomas, who have incurred losses in a recent onion crop. "We decided that we are going to get them…

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Panama Disease Race 4 is No Immediate Threat to Jamaican Bananas

The Banana Board’s technical services units continue to be vigilant and resolute to prevent the entry of Panama Disease PDR4 caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f cubense and several viral diseases capable of equal devastation as the PDR4. Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) disease is the most virulent of…

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St. Elizabeth Farmers Urged to Take Precautions Against Beet Armyworm

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is urging farmers in south St. Elizabeth to take precautionary measures against the beet armyworm, which affects escallion and onion. Reports have indicated that some fields are experiencing an unusually high beet armyworm population, due to excess production, which has seen mature crops remaining…

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