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Dairy Farmers Encouraged to Prepare for Industry Turnaround

11 June 2019

JAMAICA - Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw is encouraging small dairy farmers to get ready for a turnaround of the industry.

According to the minister, permission will be given to several large companies to import dairy cattle from disease-free countries so that the shortage can be filled, because "we want to rebuild our industry."

Delivering the keynote address at the launch of the 2019 Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show on 5 June in White Marl, St Catherine, Shaw said that the administration wants small farmers to start raising dairy cattle again.

The minister added that the same route will be taken to ensure a thriving beef cattle sector as the patty-making industry is purchasing more than half of the beef that they require from abroad, which he described as "unacceptable".

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Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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