Success for St. Elizabeth Irish Potato Farmers

Featured Sharing in the successes of the Irish Potato harvest are Hon. Floyd Green, Minister of State, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Nelson Mandela and Nigel Wright (Farmers) at a Post-Harvest Seminar on March 10,2017. Sharing in the successes of the Irish Potato harvest are Hon. Floyd Green, Minister of State, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Nelson Mandela and Nigel Wright (Farmers) at a Post-Harvest Seminar on March 10,2017.
St. Elizabeth farmers have been witnessing great successes in Irish Potato Production, a first in many years for the Parish. This was reported at a Irish Potato Post – Harvest Seminar held on Friday,                      March 10, 2017 at Nigel Wright’s Farm in Hounslow St. Elizabeth. (The Seminar was followed by a practical in-field demonstration of Harvesting Irish Potatoes).

Overall, for St. Elizabeth, RADA has reported that the volume of Irish potatoes planted has quadrupled to 60 hectares for the December 2016- January 2017 period, compared to 15.8 hectares of produce that was planted in the December 2015- February 2016 period.

During the Post – Harvest Seminar, Minister Hutchinson commended the Farmers of the Mountainside Extension area for a job well done and implored them to continue.

The National Irish Potato Production Programme is a significant aspect of the Government’s overall strategy to enhance Jamaica’s food and nutrition, reduce imports, become self–sufficient and improve the income of farmers.

To date The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has contributed $71.3 Million to purchase seeds, crop care and nutrition. In addition, the Ministry is providing technical support at a value of $400M for the Programme. 

RADA, the technical arm of the Ministry have trained and continues train over 2,000 farmers in good agronomical and post-harvest practices, conduct field visits, monitor production areas and provide constant communication via text messages and other means to our farmers.
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