The Draft National Five-Year Agribusiness Strategy is scheduled to be approved by Cabinet later this month and tabled in Parliament shortly thereafter so that implementation can start as soon as possible. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw made the disclosure on Tuesday while giving an update on the plan, which is aimed at establishing a modern, profitable agribusiness sector.
“It will also positively impact the social and economic transformation of the rural economy, with relevant business models and supporting ecosystems that function to ensure the food and nutritional security for the population of Jamaica in the global context of adverse climate change,” he said.
Shaw was addressing the opening day of the three-day virtual Caribbean AgTech Investment Summit 2021 (CATIS 2021).
The mission of the National Five-Year Agribusiness Strategy is to transition Jamaica's agriculture industry from low to high technology, thus achieving a paradigm shift in food production and related business activities.
Shaw said the strategy is intended to enable the utilization of farming technologies such as hydroponics, aquaponics, mariculture, vertical farming, container/indoor farming, and commercial-scale greenhouse farming.
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