Friday 25 September, 2020

Agriculture Ministry assisting pig farmers

Floyd Green (file photo)

Floyd Green (file photo)

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has met with the Jamaica Pig Farmers’ Association to address storage issues that are being faced by local pig farmers as a result of the disruption in the market amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

The team from the ministry, led by State Minister Floyd Green, sat down with President of the association, Annabel Williams, and Secretary, Angella Bardowell, on Wednesday, May 13, with the ministry committing to covering storage and slaughtering costs for 1,000 pigs per month for the next three months.

“I am happy the farmers reached out to us here at the ministry, and that we could have dialogue to mitigate these issues. I am pleased that the Jamaica Pig Farmers’ Association has agreed to partner with us to do a registration drive to get more small pig farmers registered,” said Green.

During the meeting, the team from the ministry agreed that the drive would assist in positioning them to be better able to gather data from the sector. The drive is expected to begin in another two weeks.

According to Green, the assistance to the farmers will be done through the association, which will be in charge of the selection process.

The MICAF continues to take actions to assist farmers who are affected by the pandemic; providing some solutions, including access to new markets, identification of storage facilities, and financial assistance.

On Tuesday, Green met with Lydford Logistics in St Ann, one of three entities that will be providing storage for pig farmers.

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