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Argentina, Jamaica exploring collaboration on agriculture

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Jamaica’s agriculture ministry and the Government of Argentina are discussing potential areas of cooperation particularly as regards the redevelopment of the island’s livestock industry.

Minister Karl Samuda and Argentinian Ambassador to Jamaica, Ariel Fernandez discussed the subject during a courtesy call at the ministry’s Hope Gardens Offices today.


Samuda noted current upgrading works being implemented at the Bodles Research Station in St Catherine, as part of Government’s drive to redevelop the livestock industry.

In addition to livestock, the minister and the ambassador discussed a number of other agriculture-related issues, including the impact of climate change, irrigation, food safety and security, as well as agricultural insurance.

For his part, Ambassador Fernandez asked that the agriculture ministry prepare “an agreed process for cooperation and support” on agriculture between Jamaica and his country.

As it relates to the Argentina’s trade in meat, especially beef, Fernandez informed that Argentina’s export of beef to the European Union had been re-established as a result of the safety measures and international standards undertaken by that country.

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