Agriculture Minister touts partnership with NCU as key to dairy industry redevelopment

Agriculture Minister Floyd Green and JAS President Lenworth Fulton
Agriculture Minister Floyd Green says the government's dairy development partnership with Northern Caribbean University [NCU] will assist in a resurgence of the industry.
As part of this initiative initiative, NCU will receive funding to develop 40 acres of fodder, six heads of Jamaica Hope cattle and a new milking parlour, all funded by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Mr Green, speaking Tuesday on Radio Jamaica's Beyond the Headlines, said  the private university, based in Mandeville, will assist in research and training of farmers as his ministry seeks to revive the dairy industry in Jamaica.
The Jamaica Agricultural Society, while supporting the NCU initiative, is also urging the government to make available to dairy farmers those parcels of land that were previously used for dairy farming under the auspices of the bauxite companies.
JAS President Lenworth Fulton, who also spoke on Beyond the Headlines, said there are such lands available in Moneague-St Ann, Grove Place- Manchester, and St Catherine as well as Clarendon.
He stressed providing land to dairy farmers is necessary for any meaningful rise in production.

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