This project will help restore Jamaican farmers and young people, with the basic human rights of making a living. Currently most farmers are older and have given up on agriculture because of the influx of imported food into Jamaica. Because there is a shortage of organic food worldwide, growing organic will allow smallholder farmers the ability to produce affordable, healthy, local food and sell the excess for a premium to the export market. Jamaica has no subsidies, so farmers need your help.
Jamaica imports 1billion dollars' worth of food, annually, due to inactivity within the agricultural sector. Agriculture students are graduating with little work prospects. The profession of farming is looked down upon because of the lack of opportunities within the sector. Demand for onions in the local market is about 10,000 tons per year of which about 9,000 tons are imported. Whole farming communities have lost their way of life and have become the casualty of globalization.
Our project will educate existing farmers and graduating agri-students, in the best practices of growing organic food. Our first crop is onions, from the high import list. Let's give farmers and youth the opportunity to finally produce food for their home economy. The Ministry of Agriculture has also agreed to reduce import permits as local farmers fill the shortfall and reclaim their position in society. We will help restore equal opportunity, and bring respect back to agriculture.
The long term goal is to train and kickstart the youth to become agri-entrepreneurs, so the older farmers have someone to pass the baton to. Reduce food imports by rebuilding farming communities and put locals back to work. Reduce crime by creating opportunities for idle youth who could easily become the "element". Create locally grown organic food as a standard for the Jamaican population and it's visitors. Remove the stigma associated with farming and restore dignity to the trade.