$150 million allocated to agricultural sector program modernization – Jamaica Information Service

A sum of 150 million dollars has been budgeted for the modernization program of the agricultural sector.

The objective of the project, which is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, is to increase agricultural productivity and the incomes of beneficiary smallholder farmers.

Details are outlined in the 2022/2023 spending forecast, currently before the House of Representatives.

Among the physical objectives planned for 2022/2023 are the supply and installation of hardware, software, laboratory and other equipment to support the information and surveillance systems of the Veterinary Services Division and the Unit plant protection; the modernization of the infrastructure (offices, server room, electricity and temperature control) for the plant health information system, and the renovation of the outer station buildings and the new roof at Kingston and St. Andrew, Manchester, Clarendon, St. Elizabeth and Trelawny are also to be undertaken.

Other targets are the development of the agricultural public-private partnership framework, the design of a phytosanitary information system and the establishment of the project management unit.

A baseline study of agro-park productivity and performance should also be conducted.

Funding is provided by the government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The duration of the project is from April 2022 to March 2027.

Lana T. Arthur