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Plans to reduce food import bill by $300m
Agriculture Minister, Roger Clarke, says the administration is seeking to reduce Jamaica’s food import bill by at least US$300 million, in the first instance, through measures to be pursued beginning this year.
Delivering the keynote address at Saturday's (August 4) opening of the 60th Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, Mr. Clarke hinted at a review of waivers granted for food imports, as one of the measures that would be explored.
Jamaica’s food import bill in 2011 was approximately US$1 billion.
According to Mr. Clarke it is not sustainable noting the country does not have the money to bring in that amount of food, so we must produce some of it here.