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Published:Saturday | May 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

According to Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, theproject to plant out some six hectares (15 acres) of his Knollis, St Catherine, farm holding in Mombasa - a high-quality pasture grass being introduced by the...

Published:Friday | May 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The recent dismissal of Hugh Graham from the position of chief executive officer of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board (JDDB) represents a turnaround by Donald Elvey, chairman of the board of directors, who, seven months ago, recommended that the...

Published:Friday | May 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

More than 11 months after Everald Warmington, chairman of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee of Parliament, warned the Social Development Commission (SDC) that he would bring pressure to bear on the agency if it fails to halve its...

Published:Friday | May 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The imposition of a dormancy fee as well as user fees by rapacious bankers has wreaked havoc with the hard-earned savings of unsuspected Jamaicans, many of whom are yet to and might never recover their money, Fitz Jackson member of Parliament for St...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Government is scaling down investment in the Long Pond and Monymusk sugar factories even as it takes steps to recover all the money it has spent to date in extending a lifeline to the respective Trelawny and Clarendon-based operations."Under no set...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda yesterday admitted that the Mombasa grass trials conducted on his farm in Knollis, St Catherine, as well as the subsequent extension services he received courtesy of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board, is consistent...

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is inviting Jamaicans to help to present an accurate picture, or rather as many pictures as possible, of the country's solid waste collection and disposal problem.On Monday, it launched the 'Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | May 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda on Saturday admitted to coconut growers that the Government would be going after the $5 billion held in trust on their behalf by the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) to bolster its...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

After decades of being accused of failing to fulfil their legal obligations to restore mined-out lands as required under Jamaica's 1947 Mining Act, bauxite companies are beginning to get it right, according to Dr Hugh Lambert, agriculture research...

Published:Saturday | May 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Former president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Alaric 'Bobby' Pottinger on Wednesday challenged the leadership of the 132-year-old statutory organisation to demonstrate greater levels of independence in the execution of its duties and to...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 12:03 AMChristopher Serju

The scourge of farm theft continues to thrive in Jamaica in large measure due to the failure of successive administrations to recognise and treat it with the seriousness of other major crimes, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips charged on Wednesday...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 12:03 AMChristopher Serju

Following its rollback of property taxes announced in its $715-billion expenditure to finance the 2017-18 Budget, the Government needs to come clean with the country on how it plans to make up for that shortfall, according to Opposition leader Dr...

Published:Tuesday | May 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Commissioner of Customs Velma Ricketts-Walker has underscored the importance of regional states maintaining strong border security, even as they facilitate the legitimate movement of people and products within and through the Caribbean.The Customs...

Published:Saturday | April 29, 2017 | 12:02 AMChristopher Serju

Farmers are being encouraged to ramp up their integrated pest-management programme with a focus on constant monitoring and surveillance of their onion and scallion crops to detect deposition of eggs of the beet armyworm.Crops should be monitored at...

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica has jumped two places to eighth on the 2017 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders yesterday, while North Korea eclipsed Eritrea for the last spot on the 180-country ranking.Norway, Sweden, and Finland are the top...

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Illegal cash pot operators are creaming off what the authorities believe amount to at least J$2 billion per year from the gaming industry. Although this continues to put a dent in the operations of Supreme Ventures, the licensed franchise operator,...

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju

Sixteen of the 24 Jamaican fishermen held by the Jamaica Defence Coast Guard aboard a disabled fishing vessel south of the Pedro Cays on April 5 are slated to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today to answer to charges of breaches...

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The weather outlook for today is expected to be much better than the last three days, with the Meteorological Service of Jamaica downgrading the flash flood warning for eastern and central parishes, even as it forecasts that some light showers are...

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica's significant ongoing investment in air traffic management infrastructure has begun to pay off in a big way, less than eight months after the new air traffic control tower at the Norman Manley International Airport became operational."The...

Published:Monday | April 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the flooding across sections of Jamaica was attributable to the country's lack of capacity to deal with extraordinary weather events."As a country, our development has not kept pace with our ability to...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday set a 10-year timeline for his administration to leverage Jamaica's untapped economic potential into the paradise he...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Coffee farmers from nine communities in the Blue Mountain will today begin a two-day workshop where they will receive training in how to use a climate forecasting system developed by local and overseas scientists, to better prepare for coffee leaf...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

The 59 fishermen from the Dominican Republic who were fined a total of $11 million after pleading guilty to various breaches of Jamaica's Fishing Industry Act could leave the island today, following payment of the fine yesterday.Despite payment of...

Published:Friday | April 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Dr Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) deputy representative to Jamaica, believes that the country can benefit from some environmental best practices such car pooling, even as she underscored the need for...

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju

Jamaica's ratification of the Paris Agreement on Thursday, March 30, now paves the way for the implementation of a national strategy rooted in climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and the potential benefits are many, according to Clifford...

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