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Jamaica Receives J$35m Agricultural Support from Spain

07 January 2010

The Jamaican government has received J$35 million (£248,000) in funding from the Spanish government to finance the construction of two greenhouses to explore crop varieties.

Funds are set to be handed to the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technology in Agriculture (CEATA) and will be used to promote protected agriculture and train farmers across the region.

The funds will increase to J$180 million (£1.3 million) over a two-year period to support further development of the site.

Minister for agriculture and fisheries Christopher Tufton underlined the importance of the financial assistance for the rest of the Caribbean region, as well as for training agricultural workers.

He said: "We intend to use those facilities (greenhouses) to expose the critical operatives - the extension officers and the farmers - to the protected agriculture technology, to promote best practices, to explore a variety of crops and by so doing, allow protected agriculture to be a part of the mainstream, as opposed to the periphery of the agricultural thrust."

Commenting in November at a keynote address to launch 11 new crop care products, Dr Tufton underlined the importance of small economies such as Jamaica embracing sustainable agriculture to confront food security issues.

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