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Samuda announces growth in agri sector

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda has announced that the agricultural sector has grown by 13 per cent for the quarter ending June this year. This, he said, is based on figures supplied to the Ministry of Agriculture by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica.

He was speaking on Sunday at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Farm Show in Clarendon.

Additionally, Samuda said the sector contributes a total of 33.3 per cent of the country's total gross domestic product.

"This is the ministry that is going to increase the level of growth on which everyone has to rely," he said.

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.

The minister delivered the main address at the 64th staging of the Denbigh show.

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