Talks underway with investors interested in onion planting

The Government is in discussions with two major investors for the planting of  more than 2,000 acres of  onions as part of  a project to boost supplies for the domestic and export markets. 
Agriculture Minister  Karl Samuda, says one of  the investors is close to committing to financing between 400 and 500 acres of  land in St. Catherine.
The other investor is being encouraged to take up an additional 1,000 to 2,000 acres.
Noting that less than 15 per cent of  the domestic demand for onion is currently being filled by local farmers, Samuda said the Government is encouraging major investors to look at the vast acreages available for cultivation in order to help reduce the dependency on imported onions.


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