Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, says there is growing evidence to suggest that even amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic, more persons have been expressing an interest in farming.
Green, who was speaking at the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) office in Watchwell, St Elizabeth, recently, said the pandemic has reinforced the importance of farming as a viable alternative and also the ability of the nation to feed itself.
“I would say we are seeing a greater interest in farming since COVID-19,” he shared.
“I think now more than ever, people are recognising that where you get your food from and your ability to feed yourself is critical. People were also asking when the borders were closed, what would happen if there was a food shortage. Persons, therefore, were starting to recognise the importance of the farmers who put food on our tables and are out there every day toiling in the fields while ensuring that the agricultural sector remains sustainable in these difficult times,”
The Minister noted that it is particularly encouraging to see many young persons, including women, getting into the profession.