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Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The plant nursery at the Agri-mart operated by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) at 191 Old Hope Road, St Andrew, is proving to be quite an oasis of information and help for persons looking to upgrade their backyard garden or...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2021 | 12:16 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

No matter how small your backyard space, you can make a big contribution to the country’s food security as well as your personal health and development by planting vegetables like ockra, tomato, peas, beans, carrot, onion, callaloo, pepper, and...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite a positive forecast in the most recent business and consumer confidence surveys, operators of a wide range of commercial enterprises are pessimistic about an uptick in revenue amid tightened restrictions to rein in COVID-19. Jamaica has...

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Residents of New Haven in St Andrew Western are paying dearly for decades of underinvestment in urban infrastructure by successive administrations, with little thought given to seriously addressing the root causes of long-standing problems, says...

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

THE DAYS when criminals held sway over the affairs at the Greenwich Town Fishing Village are long gone and the relationship between the fisherfolk and the marine police, as well as their counterparts on land, is very good. However, chairman of the...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Avocado pears are usually consumed for the many health benefits they offer the human body. Now, one entrepreneur is offering to take that a little further by using this tasty fruit to nourish from outside in, by incorporating it in a shampoo in the...

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2021 | 12:14 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Industrial finfish, conch and lobster fishers have until Friday, February 19, to apply to the National Fisheries Authority for a grant to support the recovery of their operations hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. To qualify for the grant, fishers must...

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2021 | 12:30 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Greenwich Town Fisherfolk Benevolent Society has labelled Tuesday’s announcement by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green of a health and insurance package for farmers and fishers as long overdue and well needed. Under Sagicor...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2021 | 12:28 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite pumping billions of dollars into the national security infrastructure over the past four years, the Government has dropped the ball in enacting accompanying legislation to effectively bring the island’s crime problem under control, Dr...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2021 | 5:54 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

With its distribution plans curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic and dreams of expansion plans hobbled by the absence of capital, Sharon Tucker and her team are pressing on, convinced that in Hapi Crunch, they have a very good thing on their hands –...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2021 | 5:54 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The 11 Jamaica Hope cows stolen from Windalco’s J.J. Gagnon Farm in Manchester on January 12 were tagged under the Government-mandated National Animal Identification and Traceability System and had the company’s JX brand etched on their right side...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 3:30 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government has announced another bailout for farmers who have seen tomato prices fall from a high of $400 a pound at Christmastime to $30 this month because of a glut. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green said, during a...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2021 | 5:42 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The recent round of price increases announced by the Jamaica Flour Mills (JFM) on all categories of flour, cake mixes, festival mix and wheat by-products, including animal feed, was long in the making, the company’s most senior executive has said....

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 3:11 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Located at 191 Old Hope Road in St Andrew, the Agri-mart operated by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) still remains one of its best-kept secrets, despite showcasing a broad array of local, natural, agricultural and value-added...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2021 | 12:17 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

With nearly three-quarters of his 527 students failing to log on to classes online, a St Andrew principal is warning that Jamaica will pay dearly if it fails to make the necessary urgent investment in education now. Eric Smith, principal of the...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

This year’s impressive showing in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) papers by wards of the State is a testament to the hard work and dedication of youngsters who are committed...

Published:Saturday | January 30, 2021 | 12:22 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite a number of fiery tragedies in recent years, several state-run and private childcare facilities across the island are still operating well below the requisite safety and public health standards set by the Government, with gaps in basic...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:27 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

His achievements in advertising and marketing are well documented, and Andrea Wray and Gavin Beckford used Thursday’s thanksgiving service for their father, Gurney Beckford, to point out that he was also a party animal, comedian, and true friend,...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:12 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has rolled out a raft of relief and incentives to commercial, artisanal, inland and ornamental fishers, in a bid to revive the floundering subsectors. The timing of the support amounting to $128 million is...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Minister of Education, Information and Youth Fayval Williams on Tuesday rejected allegations that her ministry had failed to provide subventions for some schools to effect the necessary repairs to bring them up to the required standard to offer...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:21 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is to soon embark on a system of open bidding for a single multiplex operator to facilitate the transmission of all broadcast signals over a common channel, as the country prepares to consummate the long-overdue transition to digital TV....

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2021 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The attack of six homeless persons as they slept on the streets of the Corporate Area on Sunday night, leaving at least four dead, has triggered condemnation as the police try to determine who was responsible for the fatal assault. The men were...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2021 | 12:05 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government is preparing to undertake an initiative whereby needy families who are not on the state welfare programme will be given $20,000 to purchase a tablet or go towards buying a laptop. Registration for the programme began last December...

Published:Saturday | January 23, 2021 | 12:13 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Mexico and Jamaica are preparing to execute a pilot project under which teachers from the Central American country will tutor Jamaican students in Spanish. Education Minister Fayval Williams made the disclosure following a meeting yesterday with...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:14 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Veterinarian Dr Michael Motta on Thursday made a case for significant investment focusing on developing the small ruminant sector, with particular attention to expanding Jamaica’s dairy goat industry through embryo transfer, even as he made a call...

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