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Agriculture grew 13% in second quarter of year - Samuda

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2016 | 7:23 PMShanique Samuels
Olive Downer-Walsh (centre), general manager of AGRO Grace shows her produce to Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda (left) and president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society Norman Grant, during the opening day of the 2016 Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show yesterday.

Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda has disclosed that the agricultural sector grew by 13 per cent for the quarter ending June this year.

This, he says, is based on figures supplied to the Ministry of Agriculture by STATIN.

Additionally, he says the sector contributes 33.3 per cent overall to the country's gross domestic product (GDP).

"This is the ministry that is going to increase the level of growth on which everyone has to rely. We must produce in order to allow Jamaica to reach the golden target of 5 per cent," Samuda said while attending the three-day Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show now under way in May Pen, Clarendon.

After a tour of the agricultural exhibits Samuda said he was proud to be leading the ministry in the right direction as the agriculture sector is poised to drive the country's economy and provide growth.

This year's event is being held under the theme: 'Grow what we eat... Eat what we grow through climate smart agriculture'.