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Improving the resilience of Jamaica’s agricultural sector

The establishment of gene banks for roots and tubers will guarantee farmers

have access to high quality, clean planting material

 

Jamaica’s agricultural sector is set to benefit from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) which is being funded by Climate Investment Funds. Under the four components of the project, the Region will improve the acquisition and management of climate data and scale up innovative climate resilient initiatives in various sectors. As part of the agriculture component Jamaica will directly benefit from the establishment of a 1,800ft2 weaning and hardening facility which will house disease free plantlets of economically important root crops. The facility will be built so it can be deconstructed in the event of a hurricane or the occurrence of strong winds. Resources will also be allocated to the continued refurbishment of the seed storage facility at Bodles.

 

Planned activities include the expansion of the facility and the installation of solar panels and acquisition of equipment. On completion, the facility will serve as a repository for true seeds of crops that are climate resilient and are of economic important to Jamaica and the Region. Through these activities it is expected that seed viability will be increased to 95%.

 

Farmers are also set to directly benefit from climate resilient trials which will identify drought tolerant varieties and the work in crop modelling that will assist in decision making. Gene banks will also established to provide clean, high quality planting material of cassava, dasheen and sweet potato to farmers and Bodles.

 

The PPCR is being executed by the Mona Office of Research and Innovation (MORI), University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica and several regional organisations working on climate change. CARDI is co-implementing the agriculture component.


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