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JAS to push for increase in domestic crop next year

Published:Saturday | February 21, 2015 | 6:55 PM

The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) says starting next year it will be pushing to increase domestic crop production by 10 per cent annually to help attain food security in Jamaica.

JAS President Senator Norman Grant says this will be done through the association’s ‘Eat What We Grow, Grow What We Eat' campaign.

Senator Grant says since its launch in 2003, the campaign has been successful in boosting domestic crop production by 25 per cent.

He noted also that at the end of the third quarter last year, the country’s food import bill showed a reduction of US$14 million.

As part of the efforts to boost production, the JAS president wants the Government to put more idle state-owned lands into the hands of Jamaicans.

He was addressing the start of the Hague Agricultural and Livestock Show in Falmouth, Trelawny on Wednesday.