Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Audley Shaw, today said that the time has come for Jamaica to begin exporting canned ackee and salted fish in addition to canned ackee that the country already exports.
Addressing a virtual meeting of the Food Security and Agribusiness Council, which is jointly chaired by Minister Shaw, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF), Hon. Floyd Green and Mr. Matthew Lyn, who chairs the Agriculture Sub-Committee of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, Minister Shaw said that Jamaica needs to leverage the acclaim of our world-famous cuisine, especially given the declaration of Jamaica’s National Dish - ackee and salted fish, as the
number two national dish in the world by the National Geographic Magazine some time ago.
“It is time for us to aggressively increase our production of ackee with vast acreages of ackee orchards and export our famous dish to the world in a ready-to-eat fashion,” Minister Shaw said.
The Minister said the world demand by the Jamaican Diaspora as well as exotic third country markets for Jamaican food is insatiable and we must sharply increase agricultural and agro-industry production to fill this demand while creating wealth for the Jamaican people.
The Ministry will be working closely with the MoAF, JAMPRO and the private sector to aggressively develop these sectors, Minister Shaw said. Meanwhile, the Food Security and Agribusiness Council is now formalizing ad action plan to encourage large-scale investments in these critical sectors in order to create wealth among Jamaicans by selling exotic food to the world.
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