Traditional ganja growers get technical support from Agriculture Ministry

Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, says the Alternative Development Programme has been bearing fruit.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, says emphasis will be placed on increasing the number of community groups of traditional growers participating in the Alternative Development Programme.

The programme aims to prevent and eliminate the illicit cultivation of ganja and channel the process through legal streams.

“We have gone through a learning process.”

— Green

The 1998 Action Plan, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, provides for the inclusion of such a programme through specifically designed rural development measures consistent with sustained national economic growth.

“What we will be doing in 2020, is looking for more community groups of traditional growers that we will engage and provide the technical support for them to transition into the medicinal marijuana industry,” Green said, as he addressed the House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 14.

“Already, we have a group from St Ann that has approached us and a group in Kingston and a group from south west St. Elizabeth,” he added.

Green also mentioned that a cannabis pilot project has started in Accompong, St Elizabeth.

“We have gone in there with the team to provide technical support. The programme focuses on community groups, so it starts with a group of ganja farmers, and we would have gone in and provided the seeds, provided reduced requirements and we have gone through a learning process. I would say the pilot has been a success,” he said.