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Bill coming to compel public-sector entities to buy Jamaican produce

Published: Thursday December 12, 2013 | 9:16 am Comments 0

Legislation is to be tabled in Parliament to require public-sector entities to ensure that a minimum portion of the food they purchase are locally produced.

Addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke said the bill is to be brought to Parliament next year.

The agriculture minister was opening a debate on a food and nutrition security policy.

He told legislators that Jamaica has the capacity to produce the food, and that the enactment of the law is critical to ensuring that the country’s food security policy is irreversible.

He added that his ministry will be continuing its public-education programme to encourage Jamaicans to buy locally produced food.

Clarke said that while some sustainable level of import is necessary, Jamaicans should not buy into the prescription of some multilateral companies, which are encouraging the country to focus on service rather than on industries.

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