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Central marketing system for farmers coming soon

Published: Friday December 28, 2012 | 1:01 pm Comments 0
President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Senator Norman Grant - file photo.
President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Senator Norman Grant - file photo.

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre

President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant says the central marketing system for farmers will be implemented next year.

Under the system, farmers of fruits and vegetables will be able to sell their produce at one central location in selected parishes.

Senator Grant said the farmers will also be given contracts which they then can use to get loans through Peopleís Co-operative banks.

He said other sites will be set up in Kingston and St. Andrew, Clarendon, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Trelawny and St. James.

Senator Grant said a plant will be refurbished in Morganís Park Clarendon to be used to store and process food for export.

He said the central marketing system is funded by the government and the Canadian International Development Agency.

Senator Grant said the details and timeline for the system will be finalised at a JAS retreat next month.

However, he reiterates that the implementation of the system will begin next year.

The JAS President notes that the central marketing system will be implemented in phases over a period of five years.

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