News from Jamaica

08-10-2014 00:44 AM
Jamaica appoints new agriculture minister
A new agriculture minister has been appointed in Jamaica about a month after his predecessor died after suffering chest pains at a U.S. airport. Pr...
07-04-2014 02:18 AM
Pig farmers in trouble
Pressed to the wall by "un-competitively" low returns for pork, Jamaica's pig farmers are gearing up for concerted action to force a price increase. ...
04-04-2014 03:40 AM
Ministry wants more youth in agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is undertaking several initiatives aimed at attracting more youth to the sector, and boosting Jamaica's food...
10-12-2013 12:58 PM
Jamaican dairy industry 'in crisis'
"THE DAIRY industry is in a crisis now," Jasmin Holness declared in her opening statement to the 56th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Hope Cattl...
16-05-2013 09:12 AM
Taxes counterproductive to agriculture sector
Opposition Spokesperson on Agriculture, JC Hutchinson says several of the tax measures introduced by the Government are affecting the growth potential...
14-05-2013 10:02 AM
Clarke says no instability at agriculture ministry
The Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Roger Clarke, has dismissed claims by the Opposition that there is instability at his Ministry. Speaking i...
29-04-2013 10:11 AM
Agriculture in safe hands, says Clarke
Roger Clarke says he is confident that Jamaica's agriculture sector is in safe hands with the crop of youngsters that the Jamaica 4-H Clubs continue t...
02-11-2012 07:52 AM
Land puts limits on Jamaica's food security push
Structural shifts in the world production of food over the last three years demonstrate that the food crisis is still a live concern, according the Mi...
31-10-2012 09:30 AM
JP loses 90% of banana crop
Jamaica Producers Group (JP) may lose five per cent of its annual revenues or some J$350 million because of Hurricane Sandy damage to its banana crop....
13-08-2012 08:44 AM
Clarke selling Jamaica agriculture to London investors
Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke has moved to leverage Jamaica's vast acreages of unused arable lands and suitability for growing exotic spices an...
10-06-2012 09:20 AM
Pig farmers hopeful after tax roll-back
The organisation representing the country's pig farmers is optimistic that the recently revised tax measures will boost the sector, which two weeks ag...
31-05-2012 08:17 AM
Coffee industry needs shake-up
Chairman of the Coffee Industry Board, Frank Phipps, QC, has said more has to be done to grow the industry’s assets even as it awaits divestment...
21-03-2012 07:37 AM
Rainwater harvesting to help 300 farmers
SOME 300 farmers in St Elizabeth are expected to benefit from a rainwater harvesting project.
01-10-2011 09:27 AM
Poultry company wants to reap training benefit
The Caribbean Broilers (CB) Group on Tuesday officially broke ground for a state-of-the-art pig-rearing facility at Ebony Park...
21-09-2011 10:30 AM
Jamaica, China to promote agriculture
Jamaica and China have signed a memorandum of understanding for agricultural cooperation, aimed at promoting development in Jamaica’s agricultur...
16-09-2011 08:47 AM
Govt to launch Project Land today
A programme to put more titles in the hands of landowners will be launched by Prime Minister Bruce Golding today, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister R...
02-09-2011 09:19 AM
$100m cut for agriculture programme
The COUNTRY’s agriculture competitiveness programme has suffered a major stroke with the Government moving to remove $100 million from the budge...
01-09-2011 08:16 AM
Coffee firm seeks loan to pay farmers
The Wallenford Coffee Company needs an interim loan of at least $40 million to meet today’s deadline for the payment of all outstanding sums to ...
06-05-2011 08:50 AM
Better marketing strategy needed for agriculture
There has been much discussion since Monday about spectacular growth in domestic agriculture...
18-02-2011 09:22 AM
Caribbean vulnerable to high food prices
The World Bank says the spiraling costs of food items across the globe have raised the spectrum of a new food crisis...
31-01-2011 06:20 AM
Can agriculture solve youth unemployment?
Youth unemployment is one of the most acute problems affecting developing countries.
30-01-2011 10:27 AM
Jamaica releases wasps to fight pest invasion
Jamaica is releasing hundreds of tiny wasps to fight the arrival of the papaya mealybug.
20-01-2011 08:17 AM
Consumers to pay more for meat
Consumers will have to brace themselves for an increase in meat and dairy products...
19-01-2011 09:22 AM
Govt wants alternative feedstock
Government is exploring alternative feedstock as part of a programme aimed at combating volatile food prices...