Agro-Parks Still Failing to Break into UK Markets

Agricultural produce from Agro Parks across Jamaica are not getting off the ground and into markets in the UK because local farmers still lack an internationally-recognized food safety certification.

This declaration came from Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry.

The Permanent Secretary says the Ministry is moving to have the farmers certified by Global G.A.P.; an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to good agricultural practices.

He says the government has spent nearly $130-million to get a number of farmers fully certified in proper pesticide use.

Mr. Stanberry says the training of farmers in the proper use of pesticides falls under the Ministry’s ‘Agricultural Competitive Programme’.

Mr. Stanberry was speaking on Friday at the Ministry’s Pesticides Survey Results Presentation Ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

Eighteen farmers were presented with certificates for pesticide application and 42, for food safety management.