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Remembrance Hon. Roger Harold Clifford Clarke, CD, MP

Roger Harold Clifford Clarke proved at his death to have been even larger than in life. The  strong of irreparable loss to Jamaica and massive outpouring of genuine admiration reflect a crossing of the divide of politics, of social class, of colour and creed. The widespread recognition and admiration of…

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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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$620 Million for Infrastructure in Agro Parks

Contracts amounting to $620 million are to go before Cabinet for its approval, to provide for the installation of critical infrastructure in the agro parks across the island. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, said the funds will be spent on installing drainage, roads and a packing house…

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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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Hospital to Benefit From Rainforest Seafoods Festival

The Cornwall Regional Hospital, in Montego Bay, will again benefit from the Rainforest Seafoods Festival, to be held on Ash Wednesday, March 5, at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre, in St. James. Last year the first festival, organized by the ‘We Care for Cornwall Regional Hospital’, raised $6 million. The…

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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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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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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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Government Receives Budgetary Support of $6.8 Billion

The Government has received approximately $6.8 billion (€48.134 million) in budgetary support from the European Union (EU), which will assist in the implementation of various development programmes. Provision is being facilitated through a grant agreement, which the Government and EU officials signed on Monday, December 9, during a ceremony at…

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Scores Attend ‘Eat Jamaica Day’ Celebration at King’s House

The East Lawn of King’s House was abuzz with activity on Monday, November 25, as scores of persons turned out to participate in the ‘Eat Jamaican Day’ 10th anniversary celebration. Several booths were mounted showcasing high quality local produce, while patrons were able to access valuable information on the benefits…

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Irrigation Systems Completed At Two Agro Parks

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says that work has been completed on irrigation systems for two agro parks and the schemes should be fully operational in short order. He said that the systems at Yallahs, St. Thomas and Ebony Park in Clarendon are now ready for operation.…

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Local Sorrel Harvesting Machine Unveiled

A new sorrel harvesting machine, which could significantly boost local production, was unveiled at the offices of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hope Gardens, in St. Andrew, on November 12. The machine, which was developed by St. Elizabeth farmers and entrepreneurs, Oral and Allison…

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Gov’t to Upgrade Sugar Producing Communities

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Government has undertaken important infrastructural development in sugar producing communities, with funding provided by the European Union (EU). “We have been making some significant strides…this year we are putting in about 200 kilometres of good cane roads. Next year, and…

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November is Eat Jamaican Month

November has been designated ‘Eat Jamaican Month’ by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The month-long series of events and public awareness campaign coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the ‘Eat What We Grow…Grow What We Eat’ campaign, which was launched in 2003 by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS). Minister…

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EU Lauded for Support to Banana Industry

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, has lauded the European Union (EU) for its continued support to the banana industry, which has again been demonstrated with the award of a four-year €1.9 million grant to the Banana Board. This is in addition to the Government of Jamaica’s €2.5 million,…

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Minister Clarke Launches 2013/14 Irish Potato Programme

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in collaboration with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), on October 23 launched the Irish Potato Programme for the crop year 2013/14. The proposed production target is 600 hectares for autumn; 600 hectares for spring; and 50 hectares for summer. In order to achieve…

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