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Farmers in Jamaica encouraged to practice climate-smart agriculture

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Minister without Portfolio in the Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry, JC Hutchinson, is encouraging farmers in Jamaica to practice climate-smart agriculture.

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CSA refers to agriculture that sustainability increases productivity, enhances resilience or adaptation, reduces greenhouse gases where possible, and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals, Jamaica Observer reports.

Hutchinson said such a practice is necessary, especially in light of the onset of extreme weather conditions and the outbreak of plant pests and diseases, which result in billions of dollars in losses to the sector.

He noted that through the ministry, several programmes have been managed or implemented to mitigate the impact of climate change on the agricultural sector.

“Through these initiatives, we have trained 2,300 farmers in better soil conservation methods; installed over 107 climate-smart gravity drip irrigation systems; and provided capacity building for farmers in relation to CSA,” he said.

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