Minister of Agriculture Pearnel Charles Jr says Jamaica’s farmers should embrace change because the nation presses forward with progress and meals safety.
Charles Jr says adoption and innovation are crucial elements of enhancing the business.
“Change is coming whether you like it or not because this is the new era of agriculture in Jamaica. We are going to do things that make sense for agriculture in Jamaica, even if it doesn’t make sense for you,” he declared throughout his handle on Saturday on the 68th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in Clarendon.
He highlighted that Jamaica is pursuing a number of avenues in agriculture, one among which is the federal government’s wheat flour substitution programme in response to the worldwide scarcity of the neighborhood.
The authorities will probably be concentrating on breadfruit and cassava to create gluten-free flour as a wholesome different to wheat.
Charles Jr stated that that is the sort of pondering that’s wanted in agriculture.
“It is going to present to the country a different diet, cassava, breadfruit and sweet potato. So, this is about us changing our thinking. Too many people in Jamaica, for different reasons, some for their own self-interest, don’t want change,” he stated.
Highlighting the impression of crime, local weather change and different hazards on agriculture, he stated stakeholders should see these as vital causes to undertake to change.
“We have to operate more efficiently and we have to make sure that we are coordinating and operating towards better production and better productivity and we are promoting what we grow to what we eat and how we produce,” he stated.
Charles Jr additionally highlighted the expansion of the agricultural sector, noting that it’s on the best trajectory.
He additionally praised the innovation that’s happening within the sector, pointing to using drones to make manufacturing extra environment friendly.
“This is what we mean when we say Jamaica is going to grow smart and eat smart. The point is the new era of agriculture in Jamaica is the era of innovation and efficiency towards sustainability and food security, this is how Jamaica and our region are going to grow smart and eat smart.”
– Cecelia Campbell-Livingston
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