The Ministry of Agriculture says it’s working to ensure that small coffee farmers will benefit from an $80-million project to boost productivity in the industry.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry, says small farmers will not be muscled out by larger players.
Mr. Stanberry was speaking at last week’s sitting of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee.
The programme was developed by the Ministry amid a significant decline in the demand and price offered per box for Blue Mountain Coffee in Jamaica’s chief market, Japan.
Mr. Stanberry says the Coffee Industry Board, CIB will lead the rollout of the programme.
He also assured the PAAC that the programme is more than just handing out fertilizer.