KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr. 20, (CMC) – The Jamaica government says it will acquire durable equipment from Cuba, as part of the efforts to strengthen the agricultural sector here.
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, JC Hutchinson, said that Kingston will also be relying on the expertise from Havana, as Jamaica develops its Greenhouse technology.
He said Cuba has a vast array of agricultural equipment that “can drive agriculture, here in Jamaica”.
“We are looking to bring in some small processing machines to help farmers utilise crops that normally go to waste,” he told an audience attending a demonstration of agricultural implements, manufactured in Cuba.
Hutchinson said that the wasted crops would now be made into juice, and then delivered into a breakfast program for primary schools. He said also, that the watering of crops can also be made easier with technology from the Cubans.
“They have irrigation systems that can help small farmers,” he said, noting also, that the Cuban greenhouses are “affordable,” and with all the advancements that country has made in agriculture, “we need to look in that direction”.
Hutchinson told his audience that with the agricultural sector forming part of the government’s growth platform, “technological advancement and the increased use of appropriate implements are necessary to stimulate growth and productivity”.
He mentioned that a major target in the industry is the expansion of value-added products, which is in keeping with the goal of developing a vibrant agro-industry.
The demonstration, organised by Caribbean Cable Company and the Bodles Research Station, showcased the capabilities, techniques, durability and usefulness of the Cuban manufactured implements.