Agriculture Ministry set to begin national recovery programme

November 27, 2020
Floyd Green, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, viewing a sample of vouchers valued at $7.5 million for COVID-19 assistance by St. Jago Farm and Hardware Supplies Ltd to farmers along with (from left) Michael Pryce, Acting Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and O’Brien Johnson, Managing Director, St Jago Farm and Hardware Supplies Ltd.

Some 21, 000 farmers impacted by the recent heavy rains, will receive assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries under its National Recovery Programme, to be implemented by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) over the next three months.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green made the disclosure on Thursday, at a handover ceremony for COVID-19 assistance to farmers by St. Jago Farm Supplies, held at Denbigh Showground in Clarendon.

The $646.9-million programme is expected to lead to significant recovery of the agricultural sector, and will include infrastructure support, provision of planting material, chemicals and fertilizers.

“We will be focusing also on rehabilitating greenhouses, helping our livestock farmers, especially those in relation to small ruminants and our bee farmers to get them back on their feet,” said Minister Green.

Noting that the recovery process requires partnership with other stakeholders, he commended St. Jago Farm and Hardware Supplies Ltd for its initiative, and welcomed the $7.5-million donation to farmers by the company.

He noted that the giveback by St. Jago is critical, and that the farmers would be able to redeem the 1,000 vouchers for high quality fungicides, insecticides, plant nutrition and vitamin supplements for animals, which will go a far way in helping them to accelerate production.

For his part, O’Brien Johnson, Managing Director of St. Jago Farm and Hardware Supplies Ltd, urged the farmers to use the products wisely and profitably.

Mr. Johnson also acknowledged the contribution of his international partners Stoller International, Rotam Agro Chemicals Ltd, and Bio-Ag Consultants & Distributors.

The vouchers were handed over to the Ministry and the Jamaica Agricultural Society for distribution to farmers.

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