Highest Growth of Domestic Food Crop Production in 11 Years

first_img By APLHEA SAUNDERS, JIS Reporter RelatedHighest Growth of Domestic Food Crop Production in 11 Years RelatedHighest Growth of Domestic Food Crop Production in 11 Years RelatedHighest Growth of Domestic Food Crop Production in 11 Years FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Domestic food crop production for the January to March quarter was the highest in 11 years, with some 147,378 tonnes produced, 24.4 per cent more than the corresponding quarter for 2010. This increased production propelled the agricultural sector to grow by 14 per cent overall for the quarter, when compared with the similar period last year. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton told a press conference at the Ministry’s Old Hope Road offices, today that the increase in crop production was attributed to very good weather conditions, and the continuation of a number of programmes that the Ministry has pursued under its production and productivity thrust. “Very important also is the efforts of our farmers in the field. We saw a fairly significant increase in productivity, not just production. There was a 5.4 per cent increase in acreages under production; however, we saw a 24.4 per cent increase in overall production. What that is saying is that we had better yields during that quarter,” Dr. Tufton pointed out. All crops recorded increases in production, with vegetables increasing by some 20,000 tonnes or 55 per cent. This was mainly influenced by an 80 per cent increase in cabbage production; tomato, 82.7 per cent; pumpkin, 36 per cent; carrot, 37.8 per cent; lettuce, 118 per cent; cucumber, 67 per cent; pak choi, 72.09 per cent; and string beans, 97 per cent. The Minister said that tubers increased by 21 per cent, potatoes by 12 per cent, and yams by 1.3 per cent.                                                  Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton noted that longer term traditional crops, which required six to nine months of cultivation, were impacted by Tropical Storm Nichole at the beginning of the last quarter of 2010, preceded by severe drought. “Despite that, coffee saw a 51 per cent increase in volumes reaped, cocoa saw a 182 per cent in volumes reaped, sugar a marginal 1.2 per cent, and bananas, a decline of 14 per cent,” he said. The parish of Clarendon saw significant increase in production of 39.4 per cent, followed by St. Ann, with 38 per cent; St. Elizabeth, 33.6 per cent; and Hanover and Manchester, 32 per cent. “We are encouraged by the performance of the farmers of Jamaica. We are encouraged by the introduction of the acceptance of new and improved approaches toward production, particularly in our cash crop areas, where we are seeing much better consistency of output in the critical crop areas, such as lettuce, cabbage and tomato,” the Agriculture Minister said. Dr. Tufton argued that this is good, not just for local consumers, but other critical markets, such as the tourism industry. “The response from the tourism sector and the general public is that the quality of the output is improving and is more consistent. We want to commend our farmers for that, and those within the Ministry, particularly the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), who have provided critical extension and technical support in introducing best practices,” the Minister added. Highest Growth of Domestic Food Crop Production in 11 Years AgricultureMay 2, 2011 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Pangilinan eyes double benefits from virgin coconut oil

first_imgSIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP Opposition Senator Francis ‘’Kiko’’N. Pangilinan said on Wednesday that the potential of virgin coconut oil (VCO) as a possible cure for COVID-19 could be the impetus needed to develop the Philippine coconut industry, and more importantly, improve the lives of Filipino farmers.Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)Pangilinan, the former food security czar during the Noynoy Aquino administration, also served as chairman of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Board 2014-2015.           He said that once VCO is proven to be an effective cure for COVID-19, it would not only be a big help to the virus victims but also to coconut farmers.           “In order to meet the demands of a potential VCO cure, we would need to boost our production and processing capacity. That’s why now more than ever, the coco levy trust fund law that we will pass needs to put the farmer front and center,” he added. ‘              Senators continue to deliberate on the coco levy trust fund bill.        An April, 2020 World Bank report listed the Philippines as the top coconut oil producing country followed by Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and Mexico.        In 2018, the Philippines produced a total 18,405.19 metric tons of VCO worth P63.92 million, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported.        PSA data also shows that of the top 10 agricultural exports of the country, three are coconut products (coconut oil, desiccated coconut, copra oil cake).        Despite these, Pangilinan noted: “The irony and the tragedy is that our coconut production and exports are number one or two but the poorest are our coconut farmers. This is the injustice that the coco levy fund law must correct.”       In an episode of Agri Tayo, the senator’s online show on agriculture, former health secretary Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan shared that three tablespoons of VCO, together with vitamin C, zinc, and melatonin, effectively stopped the transmission of the disease at the hospital and community level.        Clinical trials on VCO as cure for COVID-19 are ongoing, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).       Trials for suspected and probable cases are nearing completion and expected to finish soon, while trials for moderate to severe cases are still in their recruitment phase.        “Ang turing nga natin sa puno ng niyog ay ‘Tree of Life’. Umaasa tayo na itong VCO na nga ang magsasalba sa buhay ng ating mga kababayang may COVID, at ang mag-aangat sa kabuhayan ng ating mga magniniyog,” Pangilinan said. (We regard coconut as the ‘’Tree of Life. We hope that this VCO would save lives of COVID-19 victims and would lift the livelihood of our coconut farmers.)        As of September 15, the country recorded a total of 269,407 confirmed COVID-19 cases.       The proposed measure on the coco levy trust fund is the very first bill that Pangilinan filed in the 18th Congress. He is also the principal author of the measure. last_img read more

High school baseball: Benton aims for spot in Class 4A semifinals

first_imgThe Benton Tigers are in familiar position.For the sixth straight year, the Tigers have reached the quarterfinals of the Class 4A baseball playoffs. Benton (25-12), the No. 9 seed, begins a best-of-three series at No. 1 Breaux Bridge (30-3) on Friday at 6 p.m. Game two is scheduled for Saturday at 1. Game three, if necessary, will follow at 4.Benton defeated No. 24 Pearl River 3-2 in the first round and then swept No. 8 Belle Chasse in the second. The Tigers won the first game 7-3 and then rallied four times to stay alive in a 9-8, 15-inning victory in the second.Breaux Bridge defeated No. 32 George Washington Carver 10-0 in the first round and swept No. 16 North DeSoto 5-1 and 5-4 in eight innings in the second. Benton shared the District 1-4A champion with North DeSoto. The Tigers split their two games with the Griffins, winning 2-1 and losing by the same score.Benton was up and down the first half of the season. The Tigers put together a five-game winning streak but were only 12-8 through 20 games.That might’ve made some wonder if Benton could duplicate its past success. But the Tigers went 10-4 over their last 14 games and won a share of their sixth straight district title at 10-2. Benton takes a seven-game winning streak into the Friday’s game.“The kids have been consistent,” Benton coach J.D. Stephens said. “Through the losses, they’ve continued to work. To be honest with out, this has just been the year of guys stepping up.“You’ve got a guy like J.T. Brice, who started early in the year and came out of the lineup. He came back against Haughton and was a spark for us.” Stephens also likes the way his pitching staff has fought, citing Andrew McPherson and Kade Bailey, who has won two games in the playoffs. “And you have someone like Keegan Rogers who threw four shutout innings against Belle Chasse (in relief in the 15-inning game),” Stephens said. “It’s just getting opportunities to play and being the spark we needed at the time.”Turner Toms, Cameron Ross, Colbey Sharp, Brock Van Hoy and Landon Joyner have also contributed to the team’s success on the mound.As Stephens said, Cade Scott, Cody Norris, Cole Horton, Peyton Long, Garrett Hable, Brennan Blaylock, Sam Simmons, Clint Lasiter, Tanner Timms and Brice have all come through at one time or another at the plate.Scott had a walk-off double in the first-round victory over Pearl River. Hable ended the marathon second game against Belle Chasse with an RBI-double. Blaylock also had several clutch hits in the game. Simmons had a walk-off single in the victory over North DeSoto.Benton is taking on a talented Breaux Bridge team that won the District 3-4A championship. Breaux Bridge, also the Tigers, has won 22 straight games.“Breaux Bridge is well-coached, “ Stephens said “All their pitchers are in the strike zone. They have guys that aren’t necessarily overpowering but throw strikes.“As far as offensively, they put a lot of pressure on you. It should be a competitive series. They’re going to fight and make you earn everything.”With its six straight district titles and six consecutive quarterfinal appearances, Benton has had a remarkable run of success.Stephens credits the dedicated players that have come through the program, including this year’s squad.“We have talented kids year in and year out; that does help,” he said. “But their work ethic, that goes unnoticed. People show up to watch playoff games but they don’t show up earlier in the year when these guys are grinding it out through tough losses. “And I guess that’s been the commonality through all these years. We have guys that show up ready to work every day, and they set high expectations for themselves and they work hard to get to it. ““The thing I think that goes unnoticed sadly is how hard it is to get where we at. People have gotten to where they expect it. But that first round game against Pearl River wasn’t easy — grind it out and find ways to get it done.”One thing the Tigers haven’t been able to do during the run is make it past the quarterfinals. Last year, Benton was the No. 1 seed but lost to eventual state champion Neville, the No. 8 seed, two games to one.They’re hoping to knock the No. 1 seed out this year. “Looking back, it’s been a great run,” Stephens said. “I’m proud of these guys, but, same as every other year, these guys have a goal and it’s not to get where we’re at. It’s to get to the next week. It’s easy to do it with the guys when they show up to work as hard as they do every day.”— Russell Hedges, [email protected] You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Midfielder turned down Wolves contract – Wanted a whole lot more…

first_imgNumerous reports emerged that an offer had been made by the Premier League side for the Ivory Coast international, but, much like the early days of their attempts to sign Patrick Cutrone (who eventually moved to Molineux), the player wasn’t that excited at the prospect.Without the time needed to change his mind, a transfer never materialised, and Corriere dello Sport give a bit more details as to why.According to the Italian newspaper, the player wasn’t pleased at the contract Wolves put in front of him, deeming the €2.6m/year salary insufficient compared to his €4m/year demands (£71k/week or so).Embed from Getty ImagesWith these figures being post tax, it’s perhaps understandable why Nuno Espirito Santo’s side never pursued it further, leaving Milan with a player they wouldn’t mind selling.The offer, fitting previous reports, is stated to have been of €25m + €3m in bonuses, which is an amount the Serie A side could have used in their hunt for Atlético Madrid’s Angel Correa.They’ll just have to do with the Cutrone money for now.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndo熱門話題來自日本的抽脂丸讓胖了10幾年的她變成靚女!熱門話題UndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Towards the very end of the transfer window, with less than 24 hours left, Wolverhampton apparently came forward for Milan’s Franck Kessie.last_img read more