Related36 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 Advertisements 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 October
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