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Jamaican Govt Targeting Dairy Industry’s Revival

13 February 2017

JAMAICA - Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Karl Samuda, says the Government is targetinga revival of Jamaica’s dairy industry.

He said with just 20 per cent of the domestic demand of 60 million litres of milk being produced locally, a competitive market exists for this dietary staple.

In this regard, the minister has urged greater utilisation of technology by farmers to improve production.

“As good as we are, there are others who are better, and have applied technology to our situation. So we must learn from them and apply these skills and strategies,” Mr Samuda emphasised.

He was speaking at the launch of a public relations and advertising campaign for the National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS), at Serge Island Dairies in Seaforth, St Thomas, on Friday.

The NAITS, which was launched in 2014, is a major step by the Government to advance the implementation of an effective cattle traceability system.

It stipulates the registration of farms and establishments rearing cattle, and that all animals be affixed with NAITS ear tags and assigned passports.

Source: Jamaica Observer

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