agriculture

Why Jamaica’s Government Is Acquiring More Drones

 Above: a ceremony for the presentation of a new drone (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica’s government is planning to acquire a number of new drones, with one major goal: combating illicit fishing in the country’s territorial waters. …

Jamaica’s Big Hopes for Bananas

 Above: a banana plant (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica has big hopes for the island’s banana industry. Jamaica Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier said this week that “major developments” would be taking place shortly in the industry, with …

“Encouraging” Signs of Agricultural Recovery in St Lucia

 Above: a cacao plantation in St Lucia (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff There recovery of St Lucia’s agricultural sector since the Christmas Eve trough storm in 2013 is “encouraging,” according to St Lucia Agriculture Minister Moses Jn Baptiste. …

LATEST NEWS

 Above: new Minister Derrick Kellier By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has appointed Derrick Kellier as the country’s new Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security. Kellier succeeds former Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, who passed …

 Above: (left) Former Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke in 2012 By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke passed away on Thursday morning, the government announced in a statement. Clarke died in hospital where he had completed a surgery, …

 Above: the Inter-American Development Bank’s headquarters By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti will soon receive a $14 million grant to help the country’s government reduce plant and livestock losses and increase exports. The grant, which was approved by the Inter-American …

 Above: the Bahamas (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff A delegation of nine Bahamian officials recently visited Haiti for high-level talks on agriculture. The delegation, led by Bahamas Agriculture Minister Alfred Gray, spent three days on an official visit …

 By Kariyma BaltimoreOp-Ed Contributor THE ISSUES of food production, agricultural development policies and food security have generally ranked high on the Region’s “Priorities List.” Agriculture is viewed as an important sector in most Greater Caribbean countries, especially in light of the …

 Above: Bridgetown (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff China’s government has “reiterated its intention to provide financial assistance” for a number of projects in Barbados, the Caribbean country said Wednesday. Chinese Ambassador to Barbados Wang Ke made the pledge …

 Above: St Kitts (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff St Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at promoting cooperation in the agricultural sector. The agreement represents a “new phase of cooperation in agriculture …

 Above: produce at the St. Croix Agriculture and Food Fair (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell ST CROIX — “Easy now. It’s hot.” That’s the warning from Velma Cruz, who’s been bringing her hot sauce to St Croix’s Agriculture …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff As more and more countries in a tourism-dependent region make the push to restore their agriculture industries, exploring linkages between agriculture and tourism is a “natural fit,” according to Guyana Tourism Authority Director Indranauth Haralsingh. …

 Above: a banana plant By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica recently played host to a delegation of agricultural officials from the Bahamas. The Bahamian delegation, which visited from July 23 to July 25, met with Jamaican agricultural officials including Agriculture …

 Above: producing farine in Guyana By the Caribbean Journal staff Guyana is looking to the cassava sector for what the government believes could be a “substantial economic contribution.” The government is particularly eyeing the cassava byproduct of farine, a flour-like …

 Above: CARICOM Secretariat headquarters By the Caribbean Journal staff Guyana and the CARICOM Development Fund have signed a country assistance programme agreement that will bring $7.32 million into the country’s agriculture sector. The agreement combines a $4.56 million concessionary loan …

 Above: Agriculture Minister Hilson Baptiste By the Caribbean Journal staff Antigua and Barbuda is looking to capitalize on an $8 million grant from China to shore up the country’s agricultural sector, according to Agriculture Minister Hilson Baptiste. Baptiste recently attended …

 Above: an irrigation channel (IDB Photo/Paul Constance) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti is set to receive a $15 million grant from the Inter-American Development Bank to support reforms in the country’s agricultural sector. Farming currently accounts for around half …

 Above: Haiti PM Laurent Lamothe and Brazil FM Antonio de Aguiar Patriota By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe continued his Brazilian trip Tuesday with a meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota. The two …