The agricultural sector in 2020, realised an 8.4 per cent increase in export earnings valuing US$238 million, up from US$216 million in 2019.
Major Jamaican chicken producers are pressing the Government for 100 per cent inspection of all poultry imports in the wake of a damning report by the Integrity Commission citing fraud, duty evasion, and a permit process that lacks integrity and facilitates corruption.
KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Integrity Commission says it has uncovered discriminatory processes at the agriculture ministry being used to issue permits to importers of chicken back and other poultry products, and that the practice should be discontinued immediately.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries should stop with immediate effect the issuance of chicken back and neck import permits under current arrangements, the Integrity Commission has recommended in a damning report.
Big poultry companies Jamaica Broilers Group and Caribbean Broilers say they are likely to still be holding record-high inventory of chickens for the next six months.
A picture of mixed fortunes in manufacturing is emerging from the full onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica.
Christopher Levy, Group President & CEO, writes a Letter to the Editor of The Jamaica Gleaner.
President and CEO of the Jamaica Broilers Group, Christopher Levy, is backing the call made by government Senator Don Wehby last Friday in the Senate for the suspension of importation of some agricultural produce as the country grapples with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Influential government senator Don Wehby has called for the suspension of the importation of agricultural produce that is produced locally amid the economic squeeze farmers are now having to bear because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo caption: Ronald Tuente (second right) demonstrates how to apply the elongated straws most effectively for artificial insemination (AI) of gilts and sows. Looking on are (left to right) Kenute Harvey of Harveys Meat, pig farmer Gavin Maylor, Claude Wilson, Hi-Pro pig specialist, and senior Hi-Pro veterinarian, Dr Michael Motta.
...We are working with Hi-Pro, a subsidiary of the Jamaica Broilers Group, to identify farmers who are serious about building their capacity with best practices to increase goat and sheep production…
Hi-Pro stores islandwide will soon be providing farmers with a way to combat scarcity among some locally grown foods through the introduction of its PanDia seeds.