Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw, says the government will partner with two specialised agencies of the United Nations, UN, to boost the value added capacity of the local agriculture sector.
The initiative looks on four major agricultural projects; They are a national fruit tree planting programme; a national drip irrigation system; a crop insurance policy for small farmers; and a national home-grown school-feeding programme.
The project is the brain child of discussions with the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD.
President of the JAS, Lenworth Fulton, says the organisation will embrace a recently launched regional initiative to help boost the agriculture sector.
Both were speaking with the media following a media conference at the Jamaica Agricultural Society’s, JAS, downtown Kingston headquarters, recently.