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July 2020
 

06 July 2020

Chairman of the All-Island Cane Farmers’ Association, Ambassador Derick Heaven (right), converses with Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson (left), and Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, at a farmers’ meeting in Golden Grove, St. Thomas, on July 3. Some 400 acres of land will be distributed to former sugar cane workers by the SCJ Holdings through the All-Island Cane Farmers’ Association.

Former sugar cane workers to be allocated land in St. Thomas

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 06 Jul 2020    communications   
Several former sugar cane workers will soon benefit from the initial allocation of some 400 acres of land in St. Thomas for the cultivation of cash crops. “Agriculture is the lifeline of this country and there is no doubt that it is we, the small farmers, that have been keeping it going,” said the Hon J.C. Hutchinson, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. Minister Hutchinson was addressing farmers at the St. Thomas Technical High School on July 3, where he stated that St. Thomas was one of several areas where lands were being allocated to...


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Chief Executive Officer of Verb Communication, Kalando Wilmoth.

Entrepreneurs Urged To Do Market Research

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 06 Jul 2020    communications   
Entrepreneurs are being encouraged to conduct market research in order to improve their products and services and increase sales. “It is important for small businesses to use market research. It can be used to determine how a product may be marketed, why persons may purchase a product or how often they could purchase the product,” said Chief Executive Officer of Verb Communication, Kalando Wilmoth. He was speaking recently, at the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) virtual weekly series, ‘JBDC Biz Zone’, under the theme ‘Research: The Competitive Edge’. Mr. Wilmot, in his...


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Chef and owner of Moveable Feast Caterers, Michele Williams​.

Food Creatives Encouraged To Innovate

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 06 Jul 2020    communications   
Food creatives and entrepreneurs are being encouraged to use the period of slowdown in business due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) as an opportunity to innovate and expand their services and brand. Chef and owner of Moveable Feast Caterers, Michele Williams, said that “as people who are passionate about food… now is the time to look within ourselves and find what we are passionate about”. She was addressing the Jamaica Business Development Corporation’s (JBDC) virtual series ‘JBDC In Concert’ recently, under the topic ‘Let’s Eat”. Miss Williams, who said her catering business has been...


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​Social Development Commission (SDC) Public Relations Manager, Mandel McKulsky. The SDC has recorded approximately $11 million in sales at the community farmers' markets and business fairs it has organised.

Millions Spent At Farmers’ Markets

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 06 Jul 2020    communications   
Approximately $11 million was spent at recent farmers’ markets and business fairs organised by the Social Development Commission (SDC) as the agency tries to keep community businesses in operation during this period of economic downturn, caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Public Relations Manager of the SDC, Mandel McKulsky, told JIS News that the amount in sales is from seven farmers’ markets and business fairs. “Thus far, the combination of sales from farmers’ markets and local economic initiatives is approximately $11 million. These include those held in St. Catherine, Kingston and St...


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Minister of Industry Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw,​ makes his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 16.

Gov’t Targets $81 Billion In Manufacturing Output Per Annum By 2025

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 06 Jul 2020    communications   
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has developed a National Five-Year Manufacturing Growth Strategy for Jamaica, aimed at achieving $81 billion per annum in manufacturing output by 2025. “This translates to an approximate annual average growth rate of three per cent over the five-year period,” said Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw. He was making his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 16. The key objectives being proposed are enhanced workforce productivity via a core training curriculum for manufacturing; improved...


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Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, makes his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 16.

JMEA Reports Success In Local And Export Markets

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 06 Jul 2020    communications   
The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA) is reporting that members are having success on the local and export market since the COVID-9 outbreak in March. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, said based on a report from the JMEA, listing some 20 Jamaican companies, the country has been able to replace some imported products, such as hand sanitisers, with locally made brands. Also, several companies have recorded increased exports to both traditional and new markets in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States (US) and several...


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