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.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2021/2022 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 12.
He said the increase occurred despite the challenges from the novel coronavirus pandemic and extreme weather conditions.
Green said that yams earned US$37 million from export, an increase of 24 per cent; ackee earned US$31 million, up seven per cent over the corresponding period; while sauces earned US$29 million, which represented an increase of 23 per cent over 2019.
“If you look at sugar or cocoa, you may say our exports are in decline, but you have to look at the new face of agriculture, you have to look at the new winners, the new face of food,” he said.