Samuda proud of agro-park
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda says he is proud of the production taking place at the New Forest/Duff House Agro-Park in Manchester.
Samuda was speaking at a Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Rural Economic Development Initiative handover ceremony for drip-irrigation systems and water-storage capacity in Manchester recently.
Lamenting the irregular supply of water and the lack of mechanisation on the farms, Samuda said it was Government's responsibility to help the farming community increase production through a regular supply of water. Samuda commended the farmers for their hard work and expressed appreciation to the JSIF for its $174 million donation of irrigation equipment, which will facilitate increased production.
The agriculture minister challenged the business community to invest in agriculture and pointed out that linkages with the tourism sector would lead to increased production among farmers and increased earnings.
"I see a marriage that is going to assist rapid development in the farming community and the tourism sector," said Samuda
Noting that agriculture is the answer to Jamaica's economic problems, Samuda said, "We are entering a new paradigm in this country between the business community and the farming community." He encouraged the farmers to begin to link with the business sector to produce value-added products.