5,000 additional water tanks to be distributed to farmers affected by drought
Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier says 5,000 additional water tanks are to be distributed across the island to farmers affected by drought conditions.
Kellier says the move is another phase of the so-called black tank programme.
He says some farmers have already begun receiving the water tanks and more will be distributed in the coming weeks.
The agriculture minister says the programme was expanded to help drought affected farmers to boost their production.
Kellier says agriculture is a critical sector for the economy and the government is committed to supporting farmers.
The agriculture minister says in additional to water tanks, the ministry will make available more fertiliser, seeds and spray materials for distribution in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Kellier called for farmers to step up their production in crops such as Irish potato, ginger, sweet potato, among others, as the demand for these food items remain high.
He stresses that Jamaica has pre-clearance status for about 52 food crops for exportation to the United States, Europe and other countries but this opportunity is underutilised.
The agriculture minister was addressing farmers during a tour in St Ann recently.