Cli­mate-Smart Agri­cul­ture Sym­po­sium sets stage for in­creased in­vest­ments

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over,” cit­ing the pay­ments made by per­sons is­sued with tick­ets by the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Author­ity (NSWMA) for breaches. Data in­di­cates that 300 of the over 500 tick­ets is­sued be­tween Jan­uary and Au­gust this year were paid.

STRENGTH­ENED STRUC­TURE

The min­is­ter said amend­ments to the law must be sup­ported by a strength­ened en­force­ment struc­ture.

To this end, he dis­closed that the min­istry is train­ing a new cadre of mu­nic­i­pal po­lice of­fi­cers now en­rolled at the Na­tional Po­lice Academy at Twick­en­ham Park, St Cather­ine.

Ad­di­tion­ally, he said the min­istry will be re­view­ing the com­ple­ment of mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cers at the NSWMA to strengthen it.

“I be­lieve that per­sons must be made to un­der­stand the dan­ger that lit­ter­ing poses, even if it means that we have to in­sti­tute some dras­tic ac­tions,” McKen­zie said. Par­tic­i­pants at the Cli­mate-Smart Agri­cul­ture in­vest­ments round-ta­ble dis­cus­sion on day two of the sym­po­sium. From sec­ond left: Paul Chin, act­ing gen­eral man­ager, De­vel­op­ment Bank of Ja­maica; Dr An­dre Haughton, econ­o­mist and lec­turer at Univer­sity of the West Indies; Sylvia Tom­lin­son, agri-busi­ness en­tre­pre­neur; and Dr Wayne Henry, di­rec­tor gen­eral at the Plan­ning In­sti­tute of Ja­maica. The ses­sion was chaired by jour­nal­ist and at­tor­ney-at­law Dionne Jack­son-Miller (left).

THE NEED for in­creased in­vest­ments in agri­cul­ture was the con­sen­sus shared among agri­cul­ture stake­hold­ers and cli­mate-change in­ter­ests at the sec­ond stag­ing of the Cli­mate-Smart Agri­cul­ture Sym­po­sium, held from Septem­ber 13-14 at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel, St An­drew, un­der the theme ‘Grow­ing Agri­cul­ture and In­comes in The Face of Cli­mate Change’.

The two-day sym­po­sium was hosted by the USAID-funded Ja­maica Ru­ral Econ­omy and Ecosys­tems Adapt­ing to Cli­mate Change II project in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of In­dus­try, Com­merce, Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries. It ex­am­ined cli­mate-re­lated is­sues af­fect­ing Ja­maican agri-busi­nesses and ex­plored cli­mates­mart ap­proaches and op­por­tu­ni­ties to ad­dress th­ese is­sues in or­der to grow agri­cul­ture and in­comes. Par­tic­i­pants in­cluded farm­ers, pri­vate-sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions, re­search and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, tech­ni­cal ex­perts in govern­ment, ex­ten­sion spe­cial­ists and de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance part­ners sup­port­ing the sec­tor.

NEW TECH­NOLO­GIES

It is ex­pected that the ex­pe­ri­ences, best man­age­ment prac­tices and re­search in­for­ma­tion shared at the sym­po­sium will cre­ate im­pe­tus for the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of new tech­nolo­gies to be ac­cessed by the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try.

An on­line Cli­mate-Smart Agri­cul­ture Com­mu­nity of Prac­tice was also in­tro­duced, which is in­tended to seek broader in­volve­ment of stake­hold­ers from di­verse back­grounds in or­der to con­tinue the in­for­ma­tion ex­change be­yond the sym­po­sium.

First staged in 2015, the sym­po­sium presents an op­por­tu­nity for Ja­maican early adopters (cli­mate-smart agri­cul­ture lead­ers) to share their ex­pe­ri­ence with the sec­tor and the re­gion, while learn­ing more about the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional trends in cli­mates­mart agri­cul­ture.

CON­TRIB­UTED

MCKEN­ZIE

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