Over $100 million for farmers affected by May rains
Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda has announced that $118 million has been made available to farmers affected by heavy rains last month.
Over 10,000 farmers were affected by the May rains, with losses amounting to an estimated $794 million.
Speaking at the launch of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show at Hi-Pro in White Marl, St Catherine, this morning, Samuda said the ministry and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority will continue to support farmers, "and we are hopeful that not only will they rebound but that by August when we meet at Denbigh, we will be back on track to surpassing all expectations".
Samuda also acknowledged that adverse weather conditions have contributed negatively to the growth of the agriculture sector this year.
However, the agriculture minister said he was confident that by the end of the year the sector will rival its 2016 performance.