Expand coffee production - Samuda
Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda is urging local farmers to expand production of lowland and high- mountain coffee to reduce green coffee bean imports.
This coffee is grown outside of the Blue Mountain range in parishes such as Clarendon, St Catherine, Manchester and St James.
Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is sometimes mixed with other coffee beans to produce a coffee blend that is in high demand, but fetches relatively lower prices.
The country imported just under 430 tonnes of green coffee beans valuing US$1.74 million in 2016.
Samuda also announced that plans to tax imported green beans are well advanced. The money collected from the tax will be used for the development and expansion of the local coffee industry.