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Govt Looks to Revive Dairy Sector

03 December 2019

JAMAICA - The Government is seeking to revive the local dairy industry by boosting technical competence in breeding and genetic strategies to improve milk yields from cattle.

The agriculture ministry said it is on a mission to slash the growing milk import bill, while rebuilding the Jamaica Hope nucleus herd in line with the multimillion-dollar Bodles Redevelopment Project.

Among the objectives will be the development of a National Genetic Improvement Plan for the Jamaica Hope cattle, significantly improving productivity by increasing the genetic potential for milk production and quality, as well as enhancing environmental adaptability.

Dermon Spence, the ministry’s permanent secretary, said that the livestock industry required greater levels of support from the ministry and other stakeholders, citing gains in poultry and pig farming as indicators that ruminants had scope for growth.

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Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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