KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday June 4, 2018 – The Jamaica Government is in the process of developing a crop loss and farm insurance programme.
The disclosure has come from Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, who says a concept document outlining the mechanism for the off-budget financing of the programme has been developed.
“Stakeholder consultation has commenced, and the second draft will be available soon,” he told members of the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, Hutchinson is urging farming communities to adopt climate-smart procedures to provide water for farms.
“We recognize the need for climate-smart agriculture, so identify areas where ponds can be dug and pond liners installed to harvest rainwater, or channel water from the roadways into ponds where it can be gravity-fed to farms,” he encouraged.
Hutchinson has commissioned principals of schools in his North Western St Elizabeth constituency to enter a hydroponic competition utilizing plastic bottles to grow cabbage, lettuce, scallion and thyme.
“The school with the most creative concept will be used for demonstration and the concept used to promote backyard gardening. The winning school will be rewarded,” he noted.