According to Jamaica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, approximately 100 growers across the island will benefit from the distribution of 70,000 vegetable seedlings and fruit trees under the second phase of the Agri Resilience Response to COVID Project. Farmers from Kingston, St Andrew, Clarendon, St Ann and Portland will be able to benefit.
A Ministry spokesperson said the project, which is being implemented by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and funded by United Way of Jamaica, is valued at $3.6 million. Under the project, the farmers will receive hot pepper, sweet pepper, tomato, cucumber and carrot seedlings. Fruit trees being distributed will include lime, mango and avocado.
The farmers will receive a cash grant of $30,000 each and will also receive technical support and other inputs such as fertilisers to assist with land preparation.