Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda, was fully entitled to benefit under the Mombasa grass programme as a dairy farmer.
That’s according to the Chairman of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board, JDDB, Donald Elvey.
On Tuesday, Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture, Dr. Dayton Campbell claimed the Minister used his position to have the Dairy Board establish a 15-acre demonstration plot of Mombasa dairy feeding grass on his personal property.
But Mr. Elvey says there’s no limit to what a farmer can get under the programme.
Meanwhile, Mr. Elvey says the introduction of the grass programme has led to an increase in milk production during times of drought.
Mr. Elvey says the Dairy Board has planted 500 acres of grass on farms across the island at no cost to farmers. He says the Board plans to plant a further 1,000 acres.