Jamaica: Industry strives to supply 100% of local potato seed demand in three years

The agricultural sector is striving to is reduce their dependency on imported Irish potato seeds and to supply 100% of local demand within the next three years. This was noted by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, in an interview with JIS News at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the in vitro propagation of Irish potato seeds programme yesterday at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices. The minister pointed out that the country spends over US$4 million annually to import 90 per cent of Irish potato seeds, and that the programme is a “step in the right direction” towards achieving self-sufficiency. “We are seeking now to move from 85 per cent production against the demand to 100 per cent. I am hoping we can do that within three years,” Samuda said. More