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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Commercial agriculture has a growing potential and Grace Road Food Company is tapping into this. The Korean church-based company says it will be investing $5 million towards an Agricultural Training Institute in Navua. The construction is expected to begin in January and is expected to be completed by October 2016. Company managing director Daniel Kim said: “The students need actual farming skills and they need the proper venue to learn this skill. “This institute will provide this platform for the students and bring out the potential in them.” The institute is proposed to offer both practical and theory agriculture work for the students.

Reforestation efforts in Haiti, where only two per cent of forest cover is estimated to remain, got a leg up from Jamaica recently when a group of seven agronomists from that country visited Jamaica for a week-long intensive agricultural training programme. The project was an initiative of non-profit, American-based organisation Trees That Feed Foundation. Its founders, Michael and Mary McLaughlin, teamed up with the Hope Botanical Gardens; College of Arts, Science and Education; and the Ministry of Agriculture's Boodles Research Station for the project.

The highly coveted Medal of Ukraine, which is awarded to the best honey in the world outside of the British Isles, was won this year by a boutique organic apiary from the Caribbean island of Grenada. The winning beekeepers are environmental scientist Dr. Valma Jessamy and attorney Gerry Edwin. They own and operate Eden Apiaries located at the Grenville Vale Tropical Botanic Garden. “I am stunned,” said Jessamy, when she learned that she had been awarded the prestigious 2015 Gold Medal from among the international competitors, including Mauritius, Oman, Cameroon, Morocco, Canada, Uganda, New Zealand, The Netherlands, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

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The Jamaican Government plans to expand the cassava industry in partnerships with the private sector partner Jamaican beer Red Stripe and the University of the West Indies, with support from the Colombian government. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, said the partnership between government and the manufacturer of red Stripe, which is using the tuber as part of its brewing process, has shown that the industry can grow. PM Miller stated, “As this new industry develops, I look forward to the opening soon, of a new cassava processing plant in Elim, St. Elizabeth, and thanks to the Government of Colombia for having provided this gift."

Chinese investors are increasingly interested to explore the floriculture sector in Kenya. Most recently, Nakuru, the fourth largest town in Kenya, has been identified as an attractive business destination for Chinese investors. In the floriculture sector, Julong Group of Companies and Oriental Agricultural plan to establish flower farms in Naivasha, an area in Nakuru County producing more than 75 % of the cut flowers exported from the country.