A sum of US$100 million in grant funding has been requested from the Chinese Government to advance the development of the coffee industry.
Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw said the money will be used to rebuild the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.
He pointed out that similar partnerships are to be formed to build out other industries, including cocoa and pimento.
Additionally, a memorandum of understanding has been signed for the establishment of an agro-economic zone at Holland, St. Elizabeth.
He said a similar agro-park in the parish, located at Ridge Pen in Hounslow, will be launched later in the fiscal year with a focus on the production of hot peppers and vegetables.