Gov’t Focussed On Reducing Food Import Bill

first_imgRelated36 Companies Registered With Credit Bureau FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, says the government is continuing its efforts towards reducing the country’s food import bill by US$300 million per year.Speaking at the annual Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Customs seminar September 26, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Dalley said this is being done through initiatives such as the agro parks project.“The numbers up to December 2012 was that we import about US$1 billion worth of food. We have to incrementally reduce that, that is why we are embarking on the agro parks,” he said, while soliciting the assistance of importers in achieving the target.Through a partnership involving the Government, farmer/investor and the private sector, some 3, 237 hectares (8,000 acres) of land is being engaged in the production of a number of critical crops across nine agro parks.Three agro parks are currently in operation – Plantain Garden in St. Thomas; Amity Hall, St. Catherine; and Ebony Park in Clarendon. Another two parks are expected to come on stream by the end of the year.The Minister further lamented that the country is too dependent on imports of sometimes inferior, cheap consumer goods “that our people can produce and produce better.”President of the JCC, Francis Kennedy, said his organisation is willing to work in partnership with the Government and multilaterals “to change the way in which we do business in Jamaica.”“We have got to become as quickly and as early as possible, an export-oriented country, and we have to change our rules, our laws, our regulations and our legislation to achieve this,” he said. Gov’t Focussed On Reducing Food Import BillJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedJCA Clamps Down On Illicit Merchandise Advertisementscenter_img Gov’t Focussed On Reducing Food Import Bill Finance & Public ServiceSeptember 28, 2013Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley (centre), shares a light moment with Commissioner of Customs Major (retd) Richard Reese (left); and President of the JCC, Francis Kennedy. Occasion was the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) annual customs seminar held September 26, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. Story HighlightsThe government is continuing its efforts towards reducing the country’s food import bill by US$300m.This is being done through initiatives such as the agro parks project.The country is too dependent on imports of sometimes inferior. RelatedLegislation to Govern All Tax Incentives to be Tabled in Octoberlast_img read more

Cricket: The Indian U-19 team celebrates as they win the one-day series in Sri…

first_imgAdvertisement 8e3bnzxNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs45qkyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2adwk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2wehnWould you ever consider trying this?😱2ib0Can your students do this? 🌚w69Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian U-19 team defeated Sri Lanka to win the five-match one-day series in Sri Lanka on Friday. Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal struck a phenomenal hundred as they cruised to an eight-wicket victory and won the series by 3-2.Advertisement India restricted Sri Lanka to a moderate 212-9 in 50 overs to which the visitors knocked it off within 42.4 overs, courtesy goes to Jaiswal, who hit eight fours and three sixes in his 114 not out.Advertisement The 18-year left-arm medium pacer Mohit Jangra has the best figures of 2/30 while all the other bowlers got a wicket apiece. Sri Lanka lost their last six wickets for 39 runs in a sudden middle-order collapse after looking good for a big score at 174 for 3. Though, the chase was never a problem for the Indian team because Jaiswal, who was dropped for poor form, came back strongly, being promoted up the order. Advertisement Also Read :Cricket: CoA approved a hike in the fee of Indian Selectors by 30 Lakhs Advertisementlast_img read more

Woman hospitalised after crash

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON A 79-YEAR-OLD woman from Nar Nar Goon was taken to Dandenong Hospital following a two-car collision on…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img