Gov't to set up five agro-economic zones across Jamaica
The Ministry of Agriculture will be establishing five agro-economic zones at strategic points across the island.
Minister without Portfolio, J.C. Hutchinson, says the plan is to go into Hanover, St Mary, St Elizabeth, Clarendon and in St Thomas.
Hutchinson says that the agro-economic zone project, which is in its embryonic stage, will provide farmers with a reliable market for their crops.
He says each zone will consist of a complex with facilities for grading, packaging, processing, cold storage, and drying.
Hutchinson says the zone will help to boost productivity to ensure a reliable supply of crops for the local and export markets and for processing.
He was speaking at the Women and Youth in Agriculture Consultation Forum in New Kingston on Thursday.
The forum was aimed at identifying opportunities for youth and women in the local agricultural sector and addressing some of the underlying challenges.