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Published:Thursday | February 11, 2021 | 5:54 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The 11 Jamaica Hope cows stolen from Windalco’s J.J. Gagnon Farm in Manchester on January 12 were tagged under the Government-mandated National Animal Identification and Traceability System and had the company’s JX brand etched on their right side...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 3:30 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government has announced another bailout for farmers who have seen tomato prices fall from a high of $400 a pound at Christmastime to $30 this month because of a glut. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green said, during a...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2021 | 5:42 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The recent round of price increases announced by the Jamaica Flour Mills (JFM) on all categories of flour, cake mixes, festival mix and wheat by-products, including animal feed, was long in the making, the company’s most senior executive has said....

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 3:11 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Located at 191 Old Hope Road in St Andrew, the Agri-mart operated by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) still remains one of its best-kept secrets, despite showcasing a broad array of local, natural, agricultural and value-added...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2021 | 12:17 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

With nearly three-quarters of his 527 students failing to log on to classes online, a St Andrew principal is warning that Jamaica will pay dearly if it fails to make the necessary urgent investment in education now. Eric Smith, principal of the...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

This year’s impressive showing in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) papers by wards of the State is a testament to the hard work and dedication of youngsters who are committed...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 12:22 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite a number of fiery tragedies in recent years, several state-run and private childcare facilities across the island are still operating well below the requisite safety and public health standards set by the Government, with gaps in basic...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:27 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

His achievements in advertising and marketing are well documented, and Andrea Wray and Gavin Beckford used Thursday’s thanksgiving service for their father, Gurney Beckford, to point out that he was also a party animal, comedian, and true friend,...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has rolled out a raft of relief and incentives to commercial, artisanal, inland and ornamental fishers, in a bid to revive the floundering subsectors. The timing of the support amounting to $128 million is...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Minister of Education, Information and Youth Fayval Williams on Tuesday rejected allegations that her ministry had failed to provide subventions for some schools to effect the necessary repairs to bring them up to the required standard to offer...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:21 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is to soon embark on a system of open bidding for a single multiplex operator to facilitate the transmission of all broadcast signals over a common channel, as the country prepares to consummate the long-overdue transition to digital TV....

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2021 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The attack of six homeless persons as they slept on the streets of the Corporate Area on Sunday night, leaving at least four dead, has triggered condemnation as the police try to determine who was responsible for the fatal assault. The men were...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government is preparing to undertake an initiative whereby needy families who are not on the state welfare programme will be given $20,000 to purchase a tablet or go towards buying a laptop. Registration for the programme began last December...

Published:Saturday | January 23, 2021 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Mexico and Jamaica are preparing to execute a pilot project under which teachers from the Central American country will tutor Jamaican students in Spanish. Education Minister Fayval Williams made the disclosure following a meeting yesterday with...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:14 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Veterinarian Dr Michael Motta on Thursday made a case for significant investment focusing on developing the small ruminant sector, with particular attention to expanding Jamaica’s dairy goat industry through embryo transfer, even as he made a call...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government will be moving to increase transparency and provide more information to the public on all projects being undertaken at each stage of development via a web portal. Speaking at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, Information...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Agriculture Industry Stakeholders Forum, which is set to take place tomorrow at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, will present an opportunity for a reset of the country’s agriculture focus, organisers have said. ‘Strategic Imperatives for the...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2021 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Six months after a number of concerns were raised in an Auditor General’s Department (AuGD) report last July, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has provided a spare response to the findings, dismissing some of the issues raised. In one...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang on Wednesday evening admitted that the current government of which he is deputy prime minister has been complicit, as have successive administrations over the years, in keeping inner-city residents...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

With fewer than half of the HEART/National Service Training Agency (NSTA) Trust’s students being certified at the end of their programmes between 2014-15 and 2018-19, the institution is moving to adjust its target rate of 70 per cent certification...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is to undertake a comprehensive garbage characterisation survey, slated to get under way in the second quarter of the year, to determine what percentage of much of the country’s solid waste is...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2021 | 12:29 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday took a swipe at the critics over their “hypocrisy” in calling for an end to states of emergency (SOEs) across the island last year. Pointing out that the Government has spent $40 billion on equipping the...

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2021 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Farmers and fishers across the island have been seeing a fall in production and productivity as many are unaware that they have been exempted from curfew restrictions to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Yesterday, the Jamaica Agricultural...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:11 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Floyd Green is anticipating an excellent year for farming as he spearheads a number of initiatives aimed at insulating the sector against external shocks and extreme weather conditions, having learnt lessons from...

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2021 | 12:14 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Since a major breakaway along the Gordon Town main road in rural St Andrew left a number of communities almost cut off, residents have been rallying to rid the area of waste and prevent a public health nightmare as the districts can no longer be...

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