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July 2020
 

09 July 2020

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, emphasises a point while making his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (July 1).

RADA Technical Staff To Be Increased By 100%

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 09 Jul 2020    communications   
The cadre of technical staff at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is expected to be increased by more than 100 per cent, with the proposed restructuring of the agency. This was announced by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, who said the new structure will see RADA’s technical staff moving from 150 to 303 extension/assistant extension officers. “What this means is that we will now have a ratio of one extension officer to 1,400 farmers with no net increase in costs,” the Minister said, during his...


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State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green (centre) examines a bag of peppers during a tour of the J Wray and Nephew Limited Farmers’ Market on June 12 at the company’s Spanish Town Road offices. Looking on are Chief Executive Officer, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Peter Thompson (left) and Director of Marketing, Jamaica and the Caribbean, J Wray and Nephew Limited, Marsha Lumley.

Gov’t Supporting Farmers During COVID-19

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 09 Jul 2020    communications   
State Minister for Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Government is committed to supporting farmers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and safeguard the country’s food security. He noted that among the initiatives implemented was a $240 million stimulus package to purchase excess fruits and vegetables from those farmers, who lost their markets, largely due to the closure of hotels as a result of the pandemic. “We bought from the farmers and redistributed through channels such as children’s homes, communities that were on lockdown and established...


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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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 09 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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PEST ALERT!!!

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 09 Jul 2020    communications   
Click link for more information: https://www.micaf.gov.jm/sites/default/files/pdfs/IYPH%20Tomato%20Leaf%2...


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Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson (left), converses with Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Dr. Fenton Ferguson (centre), and Chairman of the All-Island Cane Farmers' Association, Ambassador Derrick Heaven, at a meeting with farmers on Friday (July 3), at the St. Thomas Technical High School.

Small Farmers In St. Thomas To Access Some 400 Acres Of Former Sugar Lands

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 09 Jul 2020    communications   
More than 400 acres of former sugar cane lands in St. Thomas will be made available to small farmers in the parish for the growing of cash crops. “We are looking to move certain lands from sugar cane into crash crops. The small farmers…who are ensuring food security and keeping the economy going, are the ones who will benefit,” said Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson. Minister Hutchinson, who was addressing farmers at the St. Thomas Technical High School on Friday (July 3), informed that Sugar Company of Jamaica (...


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Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, makes his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (July 1).

More Idle State-Owned Lands To Be Cultivated

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 09 Jul 2020    communications   
The Government is to make more idle State-owned lands available for cultivation by small farmers. This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, who noted that the Administration is in dialogue with various organisations in order to facilitate this undertaking. The Minister, who was making his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (July 1), informed that the higher acreages are mainly located in Manchester, Portland and St. Mary. The lands include 5,000...


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The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has been charged with the responsibility of driving the integration of the production of primary agricultural produce along all the stages of the supply chain through to value added and facilitating full commercialization of outputs of the agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors.

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