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Govít moves to close food import gap
2012-09-19 09:05:26 | (0 Comments)
Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer
Michael Collins, Sales Development & Training Specialist at Jamaica National Building Society examines locally-produced cucumber and other items with a child as her mother and sister look on at Denbigh 2012. File Photo
The Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke says over the next three years, the government will spend eight million US dollars to develop eight agro-parks to boost local production as part of a move to enhance food security.
The parks will be built in St Thomas, St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth and Trelawny.
Clarke says the agriculture ministry is collaborating with private sector companies to expand corn production.
According to him, some 200 acres of land in Amity Hall, St. James will be used for growing corn.
Clarke lamented that Jamaica continues to satisfy its food needs through importation which puts the country among the most import-dependent nations in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
The agriculture minister said, last year, the countryís food import bill increased to US$936 million.
He says the gap between food import and export continues to widen at a frightening pace each year.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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