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Local farmers to benefit from US$29m pilot project

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 9:58 AM
Sweet potatoes

Jamaica’s farmers are set to benefit from a US$29 million pilot project, which will see more local produce being sold in cities across the United States (US).

The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) has partnered with the US-based National Association of Christian Educators (NACE) to embark on the project, which will initially benefit 10 farmers in St Ann for one year.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by both entities.

Under the agreement, the farmers will supply three cities in the US with vegetables such as turnip greens, sweet potatoes and string beans among others.

The US association has provided loan funds, which the farmers will be able to access through the local banks and credit unions.

Export of the produce is slated to get underway in June.