Residents in the urban and peri-urban spaces across the island, are to benefit from a $10 million Backyard Gardening Programme.

This was according to a statement released today, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The Ministry says, the $10 million that’s allocated will be used to distribute 2,500 backyard gardening kits.

Speaking with Nationwide News Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green says, he is pushing for container gardening as well.

He added that if persons do not have the backyard, space they can farm in containers, tyres and even bottles.

The Ministry added  the programme is geared at boosting the country’s food security, encourage Jamaicans to buy locally  as well as change consumption pattern.

According to the Agriculture Ministry, some of the foods to be grown will be ockra,tomato,peas,beans and carrots.

Meanwhile, interested Jamaicans are asked to apply for their Backyard Gardening kit through the Rural Agriculture Development Authority, RADA’s website.

Agriculture Minister, Floyd Green.

The application deadline is Sunday, February 28.