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Agriculture Ministry Working to Facilitate International Trade

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#Montego Bay, April 1, 2024 – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining is reaffirming its commitment to Jamaica becoming a major export hub for agricultural produce and enhancing the country’s competitiveness on the global market.

Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Orville Palmer said this, however, will require a further strengthening of relationships among local exporters.

“The world today is more competitive than it has ever been. Food security is more important than it has ever been. So, if we do not take being internationally competitive seriously, we will not have an industry to pass on to the next generation. Therefore, every activity that we do in Jamaica, especially when we are geared towards export markets, has to be internationally competitive,” Mr. Palmer stated.

He was speaking at the second New Face of Food Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum held at the MEET Conference and Events Centre on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard in Montego Bay, St. James, on Thursday (March 28).

Mr. Palmer also expressed confidence in Jamaica’s resilience and credited the country’s current crop of exporters for continuing to seek out new information, as well as innovative ways to spur the export market.

He also acknowledged Portfolio Minister, Hon. Floyd Green, and other technocrats in the Ministry, for providing the necessary support both in the field and administratively, to maintain local agricultural growth by increasing domestic crop production, particularly yams, sweet potato and hot peppers.

“It is also important for the Ministry to continue to meet with you, our valid exporters, and other stakeholders who play an important part in moving our domestic crops into regional and international markets,” Mr. Palmer said.

“The Ministry will not overlook the critical role that our export stakeholders play on a daily basis in moving agricultural produce around the world. We are also aware of the challenges that exporters are facing and the Ministry is committed to solving these problems,” he added.

He also stated the need for continued investments and partnerships to further boost the agricultural sector.

The forum served as a platform for the Ministry to engage with exporters and stakeholders, demonstrating its dedication to supporting and promoting Jamaica’s agricultural growth in the international marketplace.

 

Contact: Okoye Henry

Release: JIS Regional Office

 

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Header: Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Orville Palmer, speaking at the New Face of Food Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum, held at the MEET Conference and Events Centre on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard in Montego Bay, St. James, on Thursday (March 28).

Insert: Local export stakeholders participate in the New Face of Food Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum held at the MEET Conference and Events Centre on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard in Montego Bay, St. James, on Thursday (March 28).

 

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Yellow Fever Outbreak in Region and Beyond, Travellers Warned

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#YellowFever#Caribbean, April 10, 2024 – Reports say there is an outbreak of Yellow fever in the Caribbean according to the Department of Health and official government advice website, Travel Health Pro, and travelers are being warned to be vigilant. The authorities say the outbreak is also in parts of Africa, and Central and South America.

Guyana and Peru so far have seen two cases. Brazil reports the disease in monkeys, an indication that it is spreading across the ccounty. Colombia has seen 3 cases.

In South America, between January 1 and March 18 2024, there have been seven confirmed cases, four fatal.

Yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and can cause potentially fatal hemorrhagic illness. Fortunately, it can be prevented with vaccination and so the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising people ages nine months and older, traveling to the affected areas, to get vaccinated.

 

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Four Year Old Beheaded Trinidad 

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#Homicide#FourYearOld#TrinidadandTobago, April 9, 2024 – Trinidad was left in shock and sorrow with the beheading of a four year old girl, reportedly by her stepfather, early Tuesday April 9, at her home in Arouca, a town in the East-West Corridor of Trinidad and Tobago. The Police informed that when they arrived on the scene, the head of the little girl, identified as Amarah Lallitte, was in one room and her body in another.  

 

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CariSECURE 2.0 Equipping Youth to Take Charge Against Crime

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Bridgetown, 9 April, 2024 – Amidst rising concerns over citizen security in the Caribbean, a deliberate effort is being made to empower the region’s youth to step into leadership roles and drive change from within. Through a free, online course by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), youth will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle pressing security challenges head-on.

The “Youth on the way to Peace and Security” course is being launched regionally as part of CariSECURE 2.0 (CS2.0), which works to reduce youth involvement in crime and trafficking in persons (TIP) in the region. It will run from 16 April – 3 May, with support from InfoSegura.

This course comes at a crucial time when security issues like crime and violence are on the rise in the Caribbean. By the end of the course, participants will have improved understanding of regional security challenges, enhanced leadership skills, and greater opportunity to network with peers and experts around the region, empowering them to take leadership roles in regional conversations and citizen security activities.

Maia Hibben, Project Manager for CariSECURE 2.0, underscored the significance of engaging young people in matters of citizen security.  ” Throughout the life of our project, input from young people has been invaluable,” she said. “Whether it be helping to craft national workplans to reduce crime, developing a roadmap for youth empowerment in the Caribbean, or creating digital solutions to improve crime reporting as planned for this year, youth have proven that their perspectives are indispensable. This course is just another way for youth to strengthen their skills to address regional security challenges.”

By building capacity of young leaders to address security challenges and promote social cohesion, the course contributes directly to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 16, towards Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

The course will offer lessons in the current mechanisms that impact youth decision making, insight into youth citizen security challenges in the Caribbean, and give practical guidance on the positive roles participants can play in conflict resolution, with complementary webinars, podcasts and practical resources tailored to the English-speaking Caribbean. It is free of charge and open to participants from all backgrounds, regardless of age, nationality, or level of experience. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Register for the course by 15 April: escuelavirtualpnud.org/login/index.php?lang=en

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