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Agriculture ministry researching rice cultivation prospects

Published:Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 1:53 PM
Donald Williams shows off his rice field in Green Island, Hanover.- File

The Ministry of Agriculture is now looking into the viability of reviving rice cultivation in Jamaica.

Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier says experts are already evaluating a previous rice production programme to determine why it did not succeed and to chart a new course for this programme.

In 2012, late Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke announced that the Government was formulating plans to put approximately 2,000 acres of land into rice cultivation.

The plan, at that time, was to plant rice in St Catherine, Clarendon, St Elizabeth and Westmoreland through funding from the Development Bank of Jamaica.

Kellier says the Government’s plan to reintroduce rice production is in keeping with its efforts to ensure food security.

The Agriculture Minister was addressing a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in Montego Bay.

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