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Agriculture ministry in Jamaica to assist farmers to tackle cocoa disease

Staff Writer |
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will commence sensitising and training farmers to manage the Frosty Pod Rot (FPR) cocoa disease.

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Speaking at a JIS Think Tank, Chief Plant Quarantine and Produce Inspector, Sanniel Wilson, said the first session will be held in St Mary, Jamaica Observer reports.

“We are starting with that parish because of the magnitude of the infestation there. The Government will be going out and assisting with the stripping and pruning of the cocoa trees to take back the parish,” she pointed out.

“St Mary is unique because it has the largest acreages of cocoa and it also carries the fine flavour cocoa that fetches premium price,” Wilson added.

She said it is the intention of the ministry to stop the disease, which affects actively growing cocoa pods, damaging them and the seeds they produce.

“We are trying to save over 8,800 acres of cocoa and the livelihood of more than 4,000 farmers,” Wilson said.

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