Accompong targeted for hemp pilot

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

MINISTER without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries J C Hutchinson says there are plans for a hemp cultivation pilot project in the Maroon community of Accompong, St Elizabeth.

Hutchinson indicated that the ministry is looking to cultivate 50 acres of the plant for use as raw material in a variety of commercial products, including oils and animal feed.

The proposed venture will complement the Alternative Development Programme (ADP) that was implemented in Accompong and other communities earlier this month, to provide small-scale farmers with a channel through which to benefit from the cannabis (ganja) industry.

“We are going to start in the Big Ground area of Accompong, and once we get that going, we are going to [cultivate all] of it with hemp. Accompong has a lot of land and we want to put everybody to work,” he said.

Hutchinson was speaking at the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport economic Opportunities Workshop' grant handover ceremony, which was held in the community last Friday.

Meanwhile, the minister said the Accompong ADP cannabis pilot programme is advancing at a “steady pace”, noting that 10 acres of land have already been prepared for the farming initiative.

“We are going to see faster movements with the project, whereby we will have seedlings that we can get those who have prepared the lands,” Hutchinson indicated.

The Alternative Development Programme aims to prevent and eliminate illicit ganja cultivation and channel the process through legal streams.

The pilot has been initiated in Accompong, St Elizabeth, and Orange Hill, Westmoreland.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon