KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Pearnel Charles Jr, is urging farmers to place greater focus on improving soil nutrition as part of measures to increase agriculture production for local consumption and meet export needs.

Charles Jr said that the Ministry is guiding research for the development and utilisation of new blends of fertilisers that are more cost-effective and will enhance crop yield.

“Ultimately, for Jamaica, we want to achieve food security, which means that we have to increase food production, reduce what we are wasting, and look at the methods and the mechanisms to help farmers do what they do best and to do it in a better way,” he noted.