Monday 21 September, 2020

WATCH: Cashless farmers market attracts hundreds

A man stands over the items he purchased at the cashless farmers market at Hope Gardens on Friday.

A man stands over the items he purchased at the cashless farmers market at Hope Gardens on Friday.

Hundreds turned out at Hope Gardens in St Andrew on Friday for what was dubbed Jamaica's first ever cashless farmers market.

The event featured some of the island’s major online payment providers showcasing their cashless solutions.

According to Floyd Green, State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, some 30,000 pounds of fresh produce, two trucks of melon and over 3,000 trays of eggs were sold on the day.

"A good day for Agriculture and a good day for the Digital Economy," he tweeted.

Chief organiser, Larren Peart of New Economy Task Force, expressed delight that the cashless market can now be a part of the Jamaican dialogue, especially since the coronavirus pandemic highlighted many deficiencies in the customary ways in which Jamaicans transact business.

There were a few technological glitches which caused long lines and some disgruntled buyers, however organisers have promised to make improvements for the next cashless farmers market.

Having spent more than $240 million to move over one million pounds of excess produce from farmers since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, government is relying on the agriculture sector to help the country break out of the current economic slump.

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