Sweet yam production increasing in Trelawny

Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Parish Manager for Trelawny, Courtney Taylor. (Photo: JIS)
Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Parish Manager for Trelawny, Courtney Taylor. (Photo: JIS)

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is reporting a steady recovery in sweet yam production in Trelawny.

Speaking at the recent monthly meeting of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation, RADA Parish Manager Courtney Taylor said sweet yam production had declined in recent years due to the anthracnose fungus, which affects many plants, including vegetables, fruits, and trees. It also attacks developing shoots and expanding leaves and can spread rapidly during the rainy season.

“We are seeing some improvements as it relates to [sweet yam] crop care.”

— RADA’s Courtney Taylor

Taylor said, however, that as a result of interventions under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries’ (MICAF) Production and Productivity Programme, “we are seeing some improvements as it relates to [sweet yam] crop care”.

“A lot of farmers, especially those who basically were out of production, are now [interested] in getting back into production because of what they are seeing,” he said.

Taylor said that with ongoing interventions, full-scale sweet yam production in Trelawny is expected in the next two years.