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Gov't pressing ahead with single regulator for agricultural commodities

Published:Monday | May 9, 2016 | 5:49 PM
Samuda ... a Bill to enact the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority is to be tabled in the Parliament soon.

Industry and Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda has indicated that the government is pressing ahead with plans to have a single regulatory agency for agricultural commodities.

Samuda says a Bill to enact the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority is to be tabled in the Parliament soon.

According to him, it will replace the current coffee, cocoa and coconut boards.

The industry and agriculture minister says having a single regulator will improve efficiency and provide more space for investments.

While noting that the production of traditional crops over the years has declined, Samuda said the Government is of the view that these crops still have the potential to play a significant role in the economic growth of the country.

Samuda was speaking at annual meeting of the Coconut Industry Board at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston over the weekend.