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Golden opportunity for farmers
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw said that the Government’s target of adding 15,000 hotel rooms by 2021 presents a golden opportunity for farmers.
“We must get to the point where our tourists are fed with what we produce here, locally. As I have said repeatedly, we must stop flying the food on the plane with the tourists,” he said.
He said there is now a coordinated and deliberate approach to increase local production in order to meet the needs of the growing hotel sector.
Minister Shaw said that the agricultural sector has the ability to be a game changer for Jamaica’s economic fortunes, and expressed pleasure at the growing number of persons “getting on board the agriculture train”.
“I think people are starting to realise that agriculture is big business and that there are opportunities to be had. When our young children see what is going on … then they too can aspire to be farmers, knowing it is a noble profession and one that can also be lucrative,” he said.
Hemp farm to start in Lennox Bigwoods, Westmoreland
A hemp farm is to be established at Lennox Bigwoods, Westmoreland. The company, Virtudes Hemp Farm, will produce hemp by-products such as oils, lotions, scrubs and other wellness products.
Hemp has been scientifically proven to have antibacterial healing properties aiding in ailments such as PMS and menopause, skin disorders, stress relief, pain relief, and inflammation which can contribute to diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
“We will be officially entering the market in the second quarter of 2020 by introducing our first crop of hemp for production. We have united a team of highly skilled, passionate professionals and are so proud to be employing over 20 persons from the community and counting,” said chairman and CEO, Jamiel Jamieson.
Govt to put money behind Brand Jamaica
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government will be pumping resources towards monetising and upgrading brand Jamaica to better capitalise on its economic benefit and value.
He said that the objective is to attract more businesses to the country and also ensure that more Jamaican brands become international.
“Cabinet received a presentation about brand Jamaica, and what we’re going to be doing is now literally building out the infrastructure to truly create brand Jamaica.
“We always hear talks about brand Jamaica, but we do not monetise it. And so we are going to put some money behind it to truly own brand Jamaica and ensure that when you hear about brand Jamaica there are certain things that immediately come to mind,” the Prime Minister said.
Suicide in Seaview Gardens
A Seaview Gardens resident is suspected to have committed suicide at his home on Monday.
He has been identified as 59-year-old Arlington Hinds of Eagle Path Way in the Kingston 11 community.
The police report that about 11:15pm, a relative found Hinds hanging from a grille with a sheet tied around his neck. The police were summoned and he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.