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Agricultural output increased by 2.4% in October to December

Dr. Wayne Henry
Output in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry increased by an estimated 2.4 per cent in October to December.
 
Director General at the Planning Institute of Jamaica Dr. Wayne Henry says this reflected a 0.9 per cent increase in the number of hectares reaped and higher output per hectare for five of nine domestic crop groups. 
 
"The outturn was in response to higher demand, particularly from the hotels and restaurants industry. The industry's performance was driven by higher output in all sub-components of the industry with the exception of animal farming," he said. 
 
"The other agricultural crops component was estimated to have grown by 1.3 per cent, reflecting higher production in six of the nine crop groups, namely other tubers, up 7.6 per cent, plantains, up 7 per cent, legumes, up 6.4 per cent, vegetables, up 3.2 per cent, yams, up 3.2 per cent, and cereals of 1.4 per cent," the PIOJ director general reported. 


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