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Agriculture ministry conducting frosty pod rot disease surveys in Clarendon

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2016 | 10:34 PM
A frosty pod rot-affected cocoa pod hangs from a tree.

The Agriculture Ministry says surveys are being conducted across several communities in Clarendon to understand the extent of the frosty pod rot disease outbreak in the parish.

At the same time, the ministry says teams are carrying out sensitisation sessions among cocoa farmers.

The frosty pod rot disease was first identified in Clarendon, which the agriculture ministry notes produces 70 per cent of the cocoa grown in Jamaica. 

The agriculture ministry launched a programme late last month to eradicate the frosty pod rot of cocoa disease.

The ministry says to date, meetings have been held with some 500 farmers in 14 communities in Clarendon, informing them of how to identify the frosty pod disease and how to manage it.

Farmers are being sensitised in Morgans Pass, Trout Hall Pass Crooked River, Brae Head and Pennants.

The ministry says similar sessions have also been held in St Catherine and St Mary where the disease has been identified to a smaller extent.