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Monday, August 07, 2006 

Ministry of Agriculture & Land

Agriculture main contributor to economic growth

Monday, August 07, 2006

Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Roger Clarke, has said that the agricultural sector has seen marked improvements, with the sector being the main contributor to economic growth since the start of the year.

"This year, the Almighty has been good to us and agriculture is now on the rebound. So far this year, in the first quarter, agriculture grew by 24 per cent and in the second quarter ending June, agriculture grew by another 30 per cent. It has been the main contributor to the growth of the economy this year," he stated.

Minister Clarke was giving the main address at the official opening of the 54th Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show on Aug.5 in May Pen, Clarendon.

According to Minister Clarke, banana production has rebounded to production levels before Hurricane Ivan, while plantains, fruits and vegetables were also showing increased levels of production.

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