Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, has stated that the government’s $1.5-billion Production Incentive Program is bearing fruit, with increases in several crops. Green reported that for onion, production increased from 827 tonnes in 2018 to 1,821 tonnes in 2019, representing a 120 per cent increase, and the highest production since 2014.
“Of note, also, are the increases in hot pepper production and pineapple, with some 18,106 tonnes produced in 2019 as against 15,998 in 2018, and 33,938 tonnes in 2019, compared to 31,998 in 2018, respectively,” the Minister said. He added that the Ministry will continue to work “assiduously” towards achieving “our goal of producing at least 70 per cent of what we consume locally”, noting that a $10-million program to promote backyard gardening will soon be launched with 2,500 kits.
“We will be looking to impact 2,500 households across Jamaica, and we believe that this will help not only with food security but also with appreciating why it is critical to eat Jamaican,” Green emphasised.
Jis.gov.jm reports that November is designated as ‘Eat Jamaican Month’, and the Ministry is collaborating with the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) to promote the consumption of locally produced foods.