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Published:Saturday | August 17, 2019 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Producers CEO Jeffrey Hall is urging policymakers to stop treating agriculture as a poverty-alleviation measure but as a sound business enterprise. Warning that geopolitics is dictating that there is a need to change the conversation around...

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2019 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica 4-H Clubs is undertaking research on new food sources to stave off any potential negative impact from the loss of some traditional crops and foods because of climate change. Among those being eyed are the sea grape, whose commercial...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:22 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently announced that the long-awaited environmental impact assessment that will inform his administration’s decision on mining in the Cockpit Country is now completed. Delivering the keynote address on the final day...

Published:Thursday | August 8, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

After years of being involved in the natural juice business, Tollentio and Winston Barr are now looking to spice things up for Jamaicans and anyone else interested in cooking healthier meals. They are looking to influence culinary decisions with a...

Published:Wednesday | August 7, 2019 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Farming decisions and climate conditions are inextricably linked, and if we isolate them, it is to our detriment, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has warned. Jamaica is listed as one of the top 40 climate hotspots in the world, meaning it is one...

Published:Saturday | August 3, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The 67th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show will kick off at the Denbigh Showground in Clarendon tomorrow, with organisers promising to excite patrons over the three days. Under the theme ‘Grow What We Eat, Eat What We...

Published:Thursday | August 1, 2019 | 12:21 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The Caribbean does not have the luxury of engaging in a philosophical debate on climate change, given that every year without fail, one or more of our islands will be hit by weather events with greater frequency and intensity, which can wipe out an...

Published:Thursday | August 1, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Tang Brand Manager Shellian Thompson on Tuesday issued a challenge to other members of the private sector to join the push to promote excellence in mathematics, given the urgent need for improvement in this subject among Jamaican students. She made...

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 12:25 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The CEO of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson, has painted a grim picture of the implications of climate change on the island. “What we are experiencing in the environment now is not normal,” he told Tuesday’s...

Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:27 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

More than a year after Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw requested that the auditor general conduct an audit of the Sugar Transformation Unit, work is yet to get under way, and there is no indication as to when...

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:50 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

J.C. Hutchinson has given the assurance that at least one new effective measure to address farm theft will be in place by year end. Addressing the recent 124th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) at the Denbigh...

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:47 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Two years after the execution-style murder of a Kingston schoolboy, Rushane Smith, the police are seeking the public’s help in bringing his killer(s) to justice. On Thursday, January 26, 2017, the body of the 13-year-old Denham Town High School...

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2019 | 12:33 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Stephen Harris is a man on a very urgent mission and when he flew into the island on Thursday for a two-day visit, he sat down with The Sunday Gleaner at the New Kingston offices of the British High Commission to bring us up to date on his mandate...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 12:33 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A leading businessman is warning Jamaica to be on guard against a similar local occurrence of the economic nightmare unfolding in regional neighbour Venezuela. Richard Pandohie, president of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (...

Published:Thursday | July 18, 2019 | 12:14 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Seven years after he was fired as executive director of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) over questions about his qualifications, Dr Al Powell is back in the employ of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries...

Published:Tuesday | July 16, 2019 | 12:27 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

As the country pushes to meet its goals within the National Energy Policy of having a modern, efficient, diversified and environmentally sustainable sector, Energy Minister Fayval Williams says the reality and impact of climate change must be at...

Published:Monday | July 15, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A comprehensive review of the legislative framework and operational status of the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA) is to be undertaken by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries to determine their...

Published:Saturday | July 13, 2019 | 12:10 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Changes to the Farm Road Programme announced by J.C. Hutchinson during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday were designed to check the ongoing misuse of state funds under the programme. The minister...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:24 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The man facing a challenge to his leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, is declaring that he has enough in his arsenal to not only stave off the internal party challenge from Peter Bunting but to propel him to Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica now has a better mapping of its underwater coastal infrastructure, thanks to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), which recently funded a three-week capacity-building programme here to support safe maritime trade and the...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

A People’s National Party (PNP) under the leadership of Peter Bunting would treat as priority the welfare of stalwarts, people who have supported and stuck with the party through times of good and bad. That’s according to the man seeking to...

Published:Thursday | July 4, 2019 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

In recent years, the People’s National Party (PNP) has had difficulty drawing on the coffers of corporate Jamaica, and Mark Golding, a key campaigner in Peter Bunting’s challenge to Dr Peter Phillips’ presidency, says they are well aware of this...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:31 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The citrus greening disease (huanglongbing), which since 2010 has drastically impacted their groves and production, has forced Trade Winds Citrus Limited in St Catherine to diversify its operations to include coconut and pineapple, Managing...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:30 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The high cost of doing business in Jamaica continues to be a major hindrance to local operators and is a matter of major concern to the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), its deputy vice -president, David Martin, acknowledged...

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2019 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica was hit by 26 natural disasters of varying intensity and severity between 1993 and 2003, with total losses and damage amounting to US$2.22 billion or 1.5 per cent of the country’s average annual gross domestic production over the period....

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