RJR News /
Plans have been outlined to further reduce the local demand for imported food crops.
J.C Hutchinson, Minister without portfolio in the Agriculture Ministry, says the initiative to increase agricultural production will be intensfied in 2018, adding that this will increase the local supply of food crops.
The initiative is dubbed the Agricultural Push Start Programme.
“This programme is set to benefit all farmers throughout the island for three crops as a pilot. This will be a game changer for agriculture in Jamaica. Crops such as a tomatoes, carrots , cantaloupe and others are being imported into the island. Next year I intend to bring some of these crops under the programme so we can eliminate the importation of most of them,” he said.
According to Hutchinson, the ministry is also slated to receive international assistance from the Netherlands to boost agricultural production.