The Call to Export

I rarely take politicians seriously or  believe they are serious but the recent call by the Robert Mantaque for the government to push agriculture production for the Venezuelan market is a credible call and intent.

From press reports we are cognizant that Venuezuela has a consistent deficiency in basic items and consumer goods. Personally, I do not believe that the Venezuelan media is reporting in error. I can recall that in 1980 my neighbours Jamaican-Venezuelans informed that Venezuela with its oil revenues had the bad flaw of high importation, importing even simple toilet articles that were commonly produced in our Ashenheim Road/Spanish Town Road Industrial space.

Jamaica is ripe for tropical produce despite the limitations placed on the small and medium scale farmers. Fact  is we are definitely  not short on agricultural produce. Currently, there are surpluses in some items, for example plantains , scallions and  occasionally  fruits such as pineapple, melons and tomatoes. One only has to visit the Coronation market on weekends especially late Saturdays and realize the surplus of plantains as vendors and market higglers find themselves with too much unsold stock.

Small and medium farmers are crying weekly as sales at local markets are saturated with sales in dollar value failing to cover expenses incurred in production.

agri1The government must  now take   a serious look in driving export to South America which as the Senator stated could defray the Petro Caribe funds outstanding to the Venezuelan state. Government cannot remain in a dream state thinking Venezuela is going to perpetually provide funding to a “Caribbean friend.”  It is time to get our house or rather or books in order and Venzuela should be happy if their imports can be partly satisfied by Jamaica. In fact both countries are tropical , hence crops produce and eaten are not dissimilar.

It is therefore on those who we elect to manage the affairs of this country for the benefit of all citizens to do what is best in the agricultural industry . In this regard the government should empower more small farmers and establish proper and efficient warehousing and export facilities with haste. Failure to do this will only extend poverty which is at the necks and backs of the majority of the people evident by the mass migration from rural areas to Kingston since 2010 and the increased vending we are witnessing in every nook and cranny of Kingston, Spanish Town, Spaulding, Brown’s Town, May Pen and all other parish capitals and rural towns.

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Winston Donald

My name is Winston Donald. I am currently completing a MA in Cultural Studies researching Street Art ( from a cultural studies perspective) I am Recruiting Officer and Enrollment Officer for University College of the Caribbean, New Kingston. I contribute to the Commonwealth Short StoryCompetition Columnist for the defunct Sunday Herald Newspaper Author on Marijuana : Export trade and Rural economics (manuscript being completed) Author on Rural Jamaican Cooking Creator of The Diaspora - Word Press blog Contributor to Sun Sentinel newspaper of South Florida Regular/Frequent contributor to the Gleaner and Observer newspaper

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These governments are not interested in bringing back Jamaica they want to keep us poor and fool so they can rule, we the people need to start working together to get things done without them and see what happen, Jamaican people need to start boycotting governments and start bartering systems with those abroad and bring back our country without them. If we gain enough resources we wont need them then their policies will have to change because they will have no power.

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These governments are not interested in bringing back Jamaica they want to keep us poor and fool so they can rule, we the people need to start working together to get things done without them and see what happen, Jamaican people need to start boycotting governments and start bartering systems with those abroad and bring back our country without them. If we gain enough resources we wont need them then their policies will have to change because they will have no power.

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