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Jamaica | 11 December 2017
Thieves rob Jamaican farmer of cattle worth over $1m

A St Ann cattle farmer has lost over $1 million in livestock due theft over the past three months. Eric Jaggon, owner of Leyford Farm in Golden Grove in the parish, told the Jamaica Observer North ...


Jamaica | 10 November 2017
UN agriculture agency launches safety handbook for banana farmers

The United Nations agriculture agency and the Government of Ecuador on Wednesday launched a practical guide for workers in the banana sector — the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volum...


Jamaica | 8 November 2017
Economist urges increased investment in Jamaican agriculture

Ambassador Plenipotentiary for Economic Affairs, Dr Nigel Clarke, is calling for increased investment in agriculture, as there is great demand that is not being satisfied and which the nation has the ...


Jamaica | 9 October 2017
Agriculture is business, not hobby says expert

President of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) Derrick Deslandes says Jamaica's economic progress is tied to agriculture but productivity needs to improve. To address that is...


Jamaica | 2 October 2017
St Mary farmer wants Government to do more for small farmers

A St Mary farmer is today chiding Government over what he believes is its “poor” management of the agriculture sector. Robert Wellington, a farmer from Islington in the parish, said he believes Gov...


Jamaica | 20 September 2017
Agriculture Minister to meet with Blue Mountain coffee farmers

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, (MICAF) Karl Samuda, is to meet with coffee growers from the Blue Mountain area to discuss their concerns regarding the current price of coff...


Jamaica | 17 July 2017
New organic fertilisers boost Jamaican agriculture sector

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, JC Hutchinson has welcomed the move made by local organic fertiliser company, Avery's Organic Fertilizer, w...


Jamaica | 15 July 2017
IDB to provide $650m for Jamaican agricultural programme

Jamaican Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda has announced that $650 million is to be pumped into the agricultural competitiveness programme over the next three years...


Jamaica | 4 April 2017
Jamaica's rural farmers must understand ‘new agriculture’

The election process for the post of director general at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is not set to commence until late April, but prospective candidate, Argentin...


Jamaica | 2 April 2017
Jamaican dairy industry on the upswing

The local diary industry is experiencing a rebirth since the launch of the 'Drink Real Milk' campaign in January 2016, with several players reporting improved performance. The joint effort by Drink...


Jamaica | 25 January 2017
Jamaican farmers encouraged to practise climate-smart agriculture

Minister without Portfolio in the Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry, JC Hutchinson, is encouraging farmers to practise climate-smart agriculture (CSA), to help grow the sector in ...


Jamaica | 22 September 2016
Agriculture minister wants more youth involved in sector

The Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda continues to push for more young people to get involved in the agriculture sector. “We have to get (more) young people work...


Jamaica | 21 September 2016
Agriculture gets a financial beating in Jamaica

There is an increasing need to invest in the agricultural industry due to changes in people's dietary preferences as they try to take a healthier approach to eating. Agricultural investment is also...


Jamaica | 12 September 2016
Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture taskforce digs in

The Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Taskforce, in its efforts to promote sustainable and organic farming, will be providing training for farmers starting next month through a partnership with the Jamaica...


Jamaica | 13 June 2016
Farm up Jamaica for organic farming

Jamaican farmers are missing out on the multibillion market for organically grown food in the US, according to Neil Curtis founder of Farm Up Jamaica. Curtis wants them to start targeting that nich...


Jamaica | 8 June 2016
Gov’t focused on growing agriculture

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government is focused on expanding the agricultural sector in order to reduce food imports and grow the economy. ...


Jamaica | 6 June 2016
Workshop targets expediting loans for agricultural sector

Financial institutions as well as agricultural organisations are now in a position to better identify with the financial needs of farmers and other agricultural stakeholders following a climate smart ...


Jamaica | 20 October 2015
Young persons urged to get involved in agriculture

Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, is urging young persons to view agriculture as a career path of choice, as it is a viable income earner that can help change ...


Jamaica | 14 August 2015
Towards sustainable and profitable agriculture

AGRICULTURE minister, Mr Derrick Kellier, tells us that there is a huge unsatisfied demand for Jamaica's farm produce in the United States. "There are some 52 items on the pre-clearance list for th...


Jamaica | 14 July 2015
Gov't committed to strengthening livestock sector

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Luther Buchanan, says that the Government is committed to strengthening the livestock sector, to ensure its sustainability ...


Jamaica | 23 June 2015
Diaspora urged to invest in agriculture

State minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Luther Buchanan is urging members of the Diaspora to take advantage of the many investment opportunities which now exist in ag...


Jamaica | 26 May 2015
Farmers to be trained in environmentally-friendly practices

President, Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, says educational programmes will be implemented for farmers, particularly in the coffee growing areas of the island, to discourage ...


Jamaica | 21 April 2015
Food export facilities get grant assistance from Agriculture Ministry

Two food export entities in western Jamaica have benefitted from grant assistance amounting to J$2.1 million from the Ministry of Agriculture, to undertake improvements to their facilities. Portfol...


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....


Jamaica | 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...


Jamaica | 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...


Jamaica | 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...


Jamaica | 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...


Jamaica | 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...


Jamaica | 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...