More J'can food for school feeding programme

Wednesday, April 30, 2014    

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GOVERNMENT says it is moving to align the needs of the National School Feeding Programme to production in the seven agro-parks across the island.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Roger Clarke made the announcement during his contribution to the 2014/15 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives last Wednesday.

He told the House that it was part of measures to include more locally-produced food in the National School Feeding Programme. The programme, he said, will seek to increase the nutritional levels of the country's children and enhance the livelihood of Jamaican farmers.

"I am happy to report that since October 2013, Nutrition Products Limited (NPL) has been using liquid eggs in their solid snacks as partial substitution for imported margarine and vegetable oil," Clarke said. He added that egg is being supplied by the Jamaica Egg Processors Limited, which has since supplied some 2,151 kgs of liquid eggs, valued at about $1.340 million, was used in the production of more than 476,000 bullas.

Additionally, NPL has diversified its solid snack offerings, to include banana and carrot cakes and banana muffins. "All the carrots and bananas for these products have been sourced locally. The banana purchased to date is 2,925 kilogrammes, valued at $163,607, while the total volume of carrots purchased is 1,905 kgs, valued at some $92,444," Clarke said.



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