Farmers urged to maximise the use of technology

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Audley Shaw is urging farmers to embrace the use of technology to produce high-quality crops and to protect the environment.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony held recently at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, for the more than 150 farmers who participated in a 13-week training programme, Shaw, the agriculture minister, said this was crucial for long-term sustainability.

He argued that a scientific approach to farming will “increase output and productivity while, at the same time, preserve the land for the future”.

Shaw noted that opportunities are available for farmers to grow onion, cassava, industrial hemp, coconut, banana, and sorghum.

The Government, he said, is working to create new markets for farmers, adding that farmers can maximise the export opportunities provided through the Caribbean Community.

“As a Government, we are going to work on your markets, we are going to work on your linkages, because we want our farmers to have a better life,” Minister Shaw told his audience.

The farmers, from communities in the parishes of St Thomas and St Andrew, celebrated the completion of the 13-week training programme in which they were taught how to implement climate-smart land husbandry practices to improve their production.

“The best way you can symbolise the importance of this training is to go forward and commit yourselves to productivity,” Minister Shaw said.

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