KINGSTON,JIS - The Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) January 14 presented the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) with inputs, which will assist with the restoration of its teaching facilities for protected agriculture.
These include seedlings, agro chemicals, shade netting, and galvanised piping material. Hygiene equipment was also handed over to the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) by IICA, to provide support for sheep and goat farmers.
The facilities suffered some damage from the passage of Hurricane Sandy in October of last year.
Speaking at the symbolic handing over ceremony, held at IICA’s Hope Gardens offices in Kingston, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, said that with losses to the sector from hurricane Sandy standing at $1.5 billion, the donation augured well for more co-operation between IICA and the Portland-based tertiary institution.
“They (IICA) have the kind of network in almost every country in the hemisphere and the kind of flexibility to respond very quickly, as is evidenced here,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary welcomed the assistance to small ruminant farmers, and noted the need for more production in the sub-sector. “We are importing frightening amounts of mutton and sheep meat…we need to do so much more in small ruminants, so this assistance is right on spot,” he said.
Meanwhile, IICA Representative in Jamaica, Ignatius Jean, told the gathering that he hoped the contribution to CASE would “go a long way to assist,” and that this is a renewal of the Institute’s efforts in supporting the College.
“It needs all the support it can get…we have to be arming them (future farmers) with modern technologies as well as to be able to access information, not only within Jamaica, but to be part of the process of agricultural development within our hemisphere and globally. I think there are some very good opportunities for us to have that kind of collaboration in the future,” he said.