Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr Dermon Spence encouraged farmers in the parish of St Ann on Wednesday April 19 to increase their production to serve both the domestic and export markets.
Mr Spence, who was delivering the main address at the launch of fungicides by Bayer CropScience and Carib Agro Distributors in the parish, told the farmers that agriculture was the largest growth sector in the economy and that the Ministry was committed to providing support to them so that they could continue to ensure growth in the sector.
Noting that despite the growth in the sector, it did continue to face several challenges, including those associated with climate change and plant pests and diseases, Mr Spence said that, “cutting-edge and appropriate agronomic practices for plant protection and nutrition are critical,” to ensure sustainable growth and profitable farming.
It was against that background, the chief technical director with responsibility for agriculture and fisheries, welcomed and endorsed the collaboration with Bayer CropScience in association with Carib Agro Distributors as they introduced three products - Antracol, Trivia and Serenade - aimed at mitigating and controlling plant pests and diseases.
Noting that Antracol was the only product in its class approved for use on crops destined for export to the European Union market, Mr Spence urged the manufacturers to continue to find solutions to the challenges facing the agricultural sector in terms of pests and diseases.
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