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World News: Jamaica
8 December 2014
More youth should become involved in agriculture – state minister

State Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Labour, and Social Security, Luther Buchanan, is emphasizing the need for more youth involvement in agriculture, to ensure the sector’s continued growth....


8 October 2014
Jamaica appoints new agriculture minister

A new agriculture minister has been appointed in Jamaica about a month after his predecessor died after suffering chest pains at a U.S. airport. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced Monda...


7 April 2014
Pig farmers in trouble

Pressed to the wall by "un-competitively" low returns for pork, Jamaica's pig farmers are gearing up for concerted action to force a price increase. "We have had consultations and we believe we hav...


4 April 2014
Ministry wants more youth in agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is undertaking several initiatives aimed at attracting more youth to the sector, and boosting Jamaica's food security and export opportunities. Minister of...


10 December 2013
Jamaican dairy industry 'in crisis'

"THE DAIRY industry is in a crisis now," Jasmin Holness declared in her opening statement to the 56th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Hope Cattle Breeders Society last Thursday. Holness noted...


16 May 2013
Taxes counterproductive to agriculture sector

Opposition Spokesperson on Agriculture, JC Hutchinson says several of the tax measures introduced by the Government are affecting the growth potential of the sector. Speaking in the Sectoral Debat...


14 May 2013
Clarke says no instability at agriculture ministry

The Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Roger Clarke, has dismissed claims by the Opposition that there is instability at his Ministry. Speaking in the Senate on Friday, Opposition Senator, Dr Chr...


29 April 2013
Agriculture in safe hands, says Clarke

Roger Clarke says he is confident that Jamaica's agriculture sector is in safe hands with the crop of youngsters that the Jamaica 4-H Clubs continue to produce. Clarke, the minister of agriculture ...


2 November 2012
Land puts limits on Jamaica's food security push

Structural shifts in the world production of food over the last three years demonstrate that the food crisis is still a live concern, according the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Jamaica wi...


31 October 2012
JP loses 90% of banana crop

Jamaica Producers Group (JP) may lose five per cent of its annual revenues or some J$350 million because of Hurricane Sandy damage to its banana crop. That is unless JP can tweak more value from it...


13 August 2012
Clarke selling Jamaica agriculture to London investors

Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke has moved to leverage Jamaica's vast acreages of unused arable lands and suitability for growing exotic spices and fruits to woo potential investors in the agricul...


10 June 2012
Pig farmers hopeful after tax roll-back

The organisation representing the country's pig farmers is optimistic that the recently revised tax measures will boost the sector, which two weeks ago had complained bitterly about the Government's i...


31 May 2012
Coffee industry needs shake-up

Chairman of the Coffee Industry Board, Frank Phipps, QC, has said more has to be done to grow the industry’s assets even as it awaits divestment of the commercial aspects of its operations. P...


21 March 2012
Rainwater harvesting to help 300 farmers

SOME 300 farmers in St Elizabeth are expected to benefit from a rainwater harvesting project.


1 October 2011
Poultry company wants to reap training benefit

The Caribbean Broilers (CB) Group on Tuesday officially broke ground for a state-of-the-art pig-rearing facility at Ebony Park...


21 September 2011
Jamaica, China to promote agriculture

Jamaica and China have signed a memorandum of understanding for agricultural cooperation, aimed at promoting development in Jamaica’s agriculture sector.


16 September 2011
Govt to launch Project Land today

A programme to put more titles in the hands of landowners will be launched by Prime Minister Bruce Golding today, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Robert Montague has said.


2 September 2011
$100m cut for agriculture programme

The COUNTRY’s agriculture competitiveness programme has suffered a major stroke with the Government moving to remove $100 million from the budget...


1 September 2011
Coffee firm seeks loan to pay farmers

The Wallenford Coffee Company needs an interim loan of at least $40 million to meet today’s deadline for the payment of all outstanding sums to coffee farmers...


6 May 2011
Better marketing strategy needed for agriculture

There has been much discussion since Monday about spectacular growth in domestic agriculture...


18 February 2011
Caribbean vulnerable to high food prices

The World Bank says the spiraling costs of food items across the globe have raised the spectrum of a new food crisis...


31 January 2011
Can agriculture solve youth unemployment?

Youth unemployment is one of the most acute problems affecting developing countries.


30 January 2011
Jamaica releases wasps to fight pest invasion

Jamaica is releasing hundreds of tiny wasps to fight the arrival of the papaya mealybug.


20 January 2011
Consumers to pay more for meat

Consumers will have to brace themselves for an increase in meat and dairy products...


19 January 2011
Govt wants alternative feedstock

Government is exploring alternative feedstock as part of a programme aimed at combating volatile food prices...