JAS highlighting need for agricultural support in meeting with IMF

Norman Grant
The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) has said it will be highlighting the need for critical support for farmers and the wider sector at its meeting on Wednesday with a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The IMF team will be led by Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, Mission Chief for Jamaica.
Norman Grant, President of the JAS, said the IMF requested the meeting which was scheduled for 11:30.
"We will be underscoring how critical, for example, the Eat What We Grow campaign has been to the Jamaican economy; and there are a number of issues that needs to be put on the agenda to right-side that continued transformation, such as improvement to our rural and our farm roads network, the whole issue of irrigation, etc.," said Mr. Grant. 
In September, Dr. Ramakrishnan said economic activity for the 2017/2018 fiscal year is projected to expand by 1.6 per cent.
She explained that this was slightly lower than anticipated, as flooding had adversely impacted the agricultural sector.

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