JAMPRO encourages Farmers to take advantage of Productive Input Relief

Incentive allows duty-free import of agricultural equipment
JAMPRO President Diane Edwards on Jamaica Investment Forrum

Diane Edwards – JAMPRO President

Kingston, Jamaica – The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is encouraging farmers to access benefits provided by the Productive Input Relief (PIR), including the duty-free importation of equipment that can be used in greenhouses, as well as concessions on specific vehicles for farming purposes.

The Agency makes the call as it intensifies its COVID-19 response strategy, to drive activity, development and support for the Agribusiness sector.

JAMPRO explained that there were several areas in agriculture that were untapped, and its aim is to channel investment activities in these areas, while increasing its support for farmers who are ready to export fresh produce.

The Agency’s President, Diane Edwards, explained that it was critical for Jamaica to move towards using more using scientific solutions and technology to ensure sustainability in the sector, but she acknowledged that more farmers need support to access benefits that can advance agriculture.

Ms. Edwards said, “Agriculture is a major pillar in Jamaica’s economic growth. Now as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative for us to further develop the sector to protect Jamaica’s food security and boost our exports.”

The JAMPRO President went on to say, “With this in mind, we encourage farmers to access these incentives, like the PIR, and support provided by stakeholders like the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), and Jamaica Customs. While we are now in a difficult period, we believe that with innovation, and support for our farming community, we will be able to transform agriculture and make it the pulse of the Jamaican economy.”

The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)’s mission is to drive economic development through growth in investment and export. JAMPRO is an Agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment, and Commerce.

 

 

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