Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Floyd Green said external demand for Jamaican agricultural products and value-added items continues to rise, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the Agriculture Trade Enforcement Advisory Mechansim (ATEAM) virtual launch on Thursday, Mr. Green informed that for the January to April 2021 quarter, Jamaica earned US $ 10 million from the export of yam, compared to US $ 8 million in the corresponding period. period last year.
He noted that the ground layout has become the main export of the country’s national crops.
The minister also said canned ackee gained US $ 7 million during the review period, up from US $ 6 million in the April 2020 quarter, for being the top agri-food export.
“While we are very successful at exporting fresh produce, there is still a huge market for value-added exports,” said Green.
He stressed that the result of the sauces was also significant, noting that the profits amounted to US $ 12 million for April 2021 compared to US $ 7 million last year, adding that “[that’s] almost a 100 percent increase ”.
Green said the ministry remains committed to prioritizing export expansion, noting that ATEAM is critical to such efforts.
“We will take deliberate and calculated steps to stimulate our export markets. It is essential that we look at our import invoice and see where we have the capacity to produce what we import and increase our productions, ”he said.
Green said the ministry will also work with the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and others to bring more local products to the international market.
He argued, however, that as a small island state, “we need to analyze the cultures we invest in at a very strategic level.”
The Agricultural Trade Law Enforcement Advisory Mechanism aims to remove unjustifiable trade restrictions, in order to facilitate stakeholders’ access to international markets.
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