NCU to play leading role in redevelopment of dairy sector

The Ministry of Agriculture has forged a partnership with Northern Caribbean University (NCU) to develop 40 acres of fodder for the dairy sector.
The university also received six heads of Jamaica Hope cattle from the Ministry and a new milking parlour is to be constructed.
Agriculture Minister Floyd Green made the announcement at the Jamaica Dairy Development Board (JDDB)/ NCU Dairy Revitalization Project Launch, held at the Mandeville based university, recently.
Mr. Green noted that, for Jamaica to regain its world leader status in the dairy sector, the quantity of milk produced must be improved.
He said the ministry has to assess its fodder bank and the types of grass best suited for the country's changing climate. 
Mr. Green, while highlighting the need for additional training, made it clear that he wants NCU to train the next generation of agriculturalists. 
He stated that, while the dairy sector has faced significant challenges over the years, the Ministry is looking to revitalize it.
The Minister said plans are also in place to target students at the secondary school level, while work is being undertaken to improve genetics and rebuild stocks.
NCU President Dr. Lincoln Edwards has welcomed the partnership with the JDDB, which is aimed at reducing Jamaica's import bill and satisfying the nutritional requirements of the population.

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