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Jamaica sharing best practices for potato production with other Caribbean countries

Counsellor and Head of  Development Cooperation at the Canadian High Commission, Walter Bernyck (left); and Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dermon Spence (2nd left), examine local potatoes on the shelves at Pricesmart, while representative of the wholesale retailer, Donna-Marie Ford (2nd right), looks on. The occasion was a tour of the Red Hills Road facility by a 26-member regional delegation, which participated in a one week study tour of Jamaica to learn best practices in Irish potato production. The visit was sponsored by the Canadian Government through the Promotion of Regional Opportunities for fresh Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project.With Jamaica near self-sufficiency in Irish potato production, the country is imparting its knowledge and techniques to other Caribbean countries. A 26-member delegation from Guyana, St. Lucia, and Dominica recently spent five days in the island, where they observed best practices in land preparation, harvesting, post harvesting; tissue culture techniques; and drip irrigation and water harvesting. The delegation, comprised of farmers, buyers, technical personnel, among others, also visited farms and demonstration plots, retail outlets, and the St. Elizabeth Cooperative Credit Union, which has tailored loans for farmers in that section of the island. The study tour was part of the Government of Canada-sponsored  Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Fresh Produce Through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project. More

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