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Jamaican Agriculture Minister Urges Farmers to Utilize Climate-Smart Technology

Jamaican Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green is encouraging farmers to utilize more climate-smart technology and practices in order to minimize crop loss from more frequent and extreme weather events.

He said that as a small island developing state, Jamaica is very susceptible to the effects of climate change.

“We have seen it; no one has to convince us in agriculture about the realities of the longer dry periods, shorter and more intense rainy periods that come with increased flooding,” he noted.

“We have to move from open-field agriculture to protected agriculture, so that we can maximize the land space we have and use up reclaimed lands such as mined-out bauxite lands that are not being used,” Green added.

He was speaking during a tour of the Greenhouse Cluster and Water Harvesting Project in Williamsfield, Manchester, on Thursday, July 22.

The farmers, who are cultivating vegetable crops in 20 greenhouses on mined-out bauxite lands are benefiting from support under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI II).

REDI II, which will run over the next five years, aims to improve both the agricultural and tourism sectors by enhancing access to markets and strengthening climate-resilient approaches for targeted beneficiaries.

It is being with $42 million in funding from the World Bank, and involves partnership with the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).

SOURCE: Jamaica Information Services (JIS)

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