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JAS calls on gov’t for incentives

Published:Thursday | April 10, 2008 | 11:28 AM

The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) is hoping that the government will outline a plan that presents farmers with incentives for production.

JAS President, Senator Norman Grant said greater levels of productivity are needed to ensure food security amid the rising cost of imports, especially food items.

Senator Grant said it is critical that the government formulate a strategy for attracting youths to agriculture.

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, Omar Azan is hoping the government will remove certain taxes, which are prohibitive to manufacturing.

He said productivity and employment levels would be boosted if the government paid more attention to the manufacturing sector.