News Date: July 31 2016
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda says the agricultural sector will grow the economy.
“This is the ministry that is going to increase the level of growth in the country,” said Samuda while addressing patrons at the 64th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in Clarendon yesterday.
Samuda told patrons that domestic crop production grew by over 13 per cent in the April to June quarter of 2016 and continued growth is expected through out the year.
He said the government’s target of 5 per cent growth per annum in the next four years is modest as the agricultural sector alone is projected to contribute 2 of the 5 per cent increase projected.
The agriculture minister pledged to dramatically improve infrastructure in the sector through the provision of irrigation systems, a rotating equipment pool and upgraded farm roads.