The Ministry’s priority policies/programmes/projects are being planned and developed with great consideration of the National Development Plan - Vision 2030 Jamaica; Public Sector Transformation Programme; Social Development Goals 2030; Medium Term Economic Programme (MTEP), Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework 2015 - 2018 (MTF) and the Economic Growth Agenda - “5 in 4” Plan. Of great importance and acknowledgement is the Government’s strategic priority of Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth and Job Creation. With these in mind, the Ministry’s priority programmes are presented below.
Enabling and Facilitating Environment
Policy & Legislative Development Programme
The policy & legislative development programme of the Ministry is an on-going process which seeks to formulate and review policies and legislations in accordance with the objectives and goals of the Vision 2030. The policies and legislations support the Ministry’s strategic priorities to facilitate an enabling planning, legislative and policy framework. This is to ensure food security, sustainable use of agricultural land & fisheries resources and facilitate an enabling local business environment In addition; the legislative framework enhances the development of sound policy for key sub-sectors using a participatory approach.
National Quality Infrastructure and Food Infrastructure & Systems Programme
This programme aims to promote the development and implementation of a strategic planning framework for National Standards and Food Safety in Jamaica which includes the strengthening and harmonizing of the existing local food safety standards for production, consumption and trade in food products. In addition, it seeks to facilitate trade in the international market by strengthening the legislative and operational framework for the promotion and protection of intellectual property and the implementation of programmes geared towards meeting international standards and quality. These developments will be accompanied by capacity building through training and certification in quality standards through private-public partnerships. Based on this framework, there are three main initiatives: (1) National Animal Identification Traceability (AIT) System for Cattle; (2) Development of legislation and protocols for intellectual property and (3) the revision of the National Quality Policy and its implementation.
Research, Development & Innovation Programme
The Research, Development and Innovation Programme is an integrated element of the wider developmental process that increases available knowledge and uses this knowledge to devise new applications thus supplying improved and scientifically validated technologies to farmers to address production constraints and hence improve productivity, efficiency and support agro-industrial development. The core function areas are Animal Breeding and Husbandry; Crop Research and Development; Plant Protection and Apiculture and Post Entry Quarantine.
Business & Trade Facilitation Programme
The development of a Trade Facilitation (TF) Road Map and Action Plan for the implementation of a range of TF reforms was initiated and completed in 2015 in order to ensure greater transparency and efficiency in the business and trading environment, as well as improve the competitiveness of domestic firms in the international market place. The Road Map focuses on 4 main pillars, called Axes, which seek to: (i) implement Jamaica’s obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA); (ii) implement other TF reforms beyond Jamaica’s obligations under the TFA; (iii) improve maritime operations, and; (iv) improve special economic zones. However, the agricultural sector has responsibility to preserve the livelihood of our farmers and to ensure the nation’s food security. To that end MICAF, notwithstanding its commitment to trade facilitation will ensure that the appropriate trade policy prescriptions are in place so that the country’s most sensitive agricultural products are not subjected to unfair trading practices, such as dumped agricultural products. The agricultural trade unit will actively participate in trade negotiations with a view to securing market access for Jamaica’s agricultural products.
Modernization and Transformation of Ministry/Entities/Division Programme including International Management Standards
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is always seeking to raise the bar on performance, especially on its ability to deliver first-class service to its clients. The Ministry therefore is in a continuous cycle of development and enhancement of itself as a regulator and a service delivery entity. Following on other recent initiatives, the Ministry is focused on the restructuring of critical Divisions and facilitating the strengthening of the institutional capacity of the Ministry. Therefore, the Ministry will implement the following programmes (i) an ISO QMS Programme to implement the ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) across the Ministry and its Divisions/Departments/Agencies; (ii)
Restructuring of critical Divisions and entities; (iii) Laboratory Accreditation of select laboratories; (iv) complete the rationalization of Cocoa Industry Board, Coffee Industry Board, Coconut Industry Board and Export Division into a new regulatory entity namely Jamaica Agricultural Commodity Regulatory Authority (JACRA); (v) a strategic review and amalgamation of the Agriculture & Fisheries Portfolio and the Industry & Commerce portfolio for greater efficiencies and effectiveness to serve its clients and (vi) institutionalization of a values and attitudes programme among Ministry’s staff.
However, the main challenges and issues facing the Ministry are inadequate budget; ad hoc roll out of major changes; and inadequate human resource skills in emerging areas in select industries in the Agricultural, Fisheries, Manufacturing and Service Sector to provide sufficient extension service. As such, along with a strategic review of the organizational structure of the newly amalgamated Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries, the key initiatives for 2017– 2021 will include developing and implementing improvement programmes under Business Continuity Planning; Change Management; Service Delivery; Performance Management; Knowledge Management and Business Processes
Praedial Larceny Prevention Coordination Programme
The Praedial Larceny Prevention Coordination Unit was commissioned into service on March 2, 2015. The Unit is collaboration between the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) and the Ministry of National Security (MNS) to curtail the theft of agricultural produce across the length and breadth of Jamaica. The Unit comprises of an administrative arm which is housed inside of the MICAF and an enforcement arm led by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
Partnering with the Ministry of National Security (MNS), Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), the Rural Development Authority (RADA), Ministry of Health (MOH), Crime Stop and other stakeholders, the Praedial Larceny Prevention Coordination Unit’s main objective is to curtail praedial larceny and other farm theft across the island. With the Jamaica Constabulary Force leading the Anti-Praedial Larceny charge, the unit can mobilise members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and civil society through farmers groups, agencies and organizations to significantly reduce the theft and illegal distribution of farm produce. Agriculture is a strategic asset to Jamaica’s development and in order to ensure the sustainability of the sector, praedial larceny must be reduced, if not eliminated.
Industrial Development and Export Promotion
Production & Productivity Programme
The Production and Productivity Programme (PPP) has as its mandate the promotion of the production and productivity of select industries in agriculture, manufacturing and service sectors through research, marketing, good agricultural and manufacturing practices, and public private partnerships as well as to improve efficiency and effectiveness of these select industries. The Programme was designed to increase the production and productivity of these industries using incentives. The Ministry plans to target the following select industries:
Jamaica Sweet Potato Industry
Yam Development Plan
Sugar Transformation Programme
Structured support and development of the ornamental fish industry
Ginger Expansion Programme
Small Ruminant (sheep and goats)
Manufacturing and Service Industries
Development of Cannabis Industry
Emergent Bamboo Industry
Moreover, the Ministry recognizes the large market potential for local fruit input for value added products, such as fruit juice extract. The Ministry will therefore be revitalizing its fruit tree programme through the promotion of planting select economic fruit crops and provision of seedlings and technical advice on fruit tree management. The initiative does not replace targeted initiatives to drive orchard production, but will be a compliment.
Agro-Parks Development Programme
Agricultural Economic Zones (AEZs) will be an extension of the Government of Jamaica’s Agro-Parks Development Programme. It is an area of intensive agricultural production which seeks to integrate all facets of the agricultural value chain from pre-production to production, post harvesting and marketing creating an Agricultural Economic Zone. The Agro Park sites were selected based on the need to fully utilize existing infrastructure and contiguous acreage of under-utilized lands as well as to conform to the changing nature of agriculture/agribusiness development. All these activities are being executed within the framework of a tripartite partnership involving the Government, the farmers/investors and marketing entities.
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) & Entrepreneurship programme
The intention of this programme is to facilitate the expansion, productivity and sophistication of the Micro Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Jamaica by building out supporting mechanisms directed at improving the performance of the sector and fostering inclusive growth. The potential linkages among MSMEs, agriculture, tourism and craft are highly transformational. The MSME & E Programme spans a series of activities aimed at improving financing opportunities and options for MSMEs, increasing access to markets and value chains and providing adequate business development support through, inter alia, a network of Small Business Development Centres (SBDCs) Island wide, with the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) being the nucleus and pilot. Fisheries Development Programme.
Fisheries Development Programme
The Fisheries Division is responsible for the sustainable development and management of the capture fisheries and aquaculture subsectors. The fisheries sector contributes to direct and indirect employment of over 40,000 persons and contributes to the local economy of many fishing and fish farming communities, and makes and indirect contribution to the livelihoods of over 200,000 persons. Similarly, fisheries play an important role in local food security, and given the existing resources, have the potential to increase its role in ensuring the availability of nutritious, affordable and accessible source of food.
Competitive Products Development Programme
This programme is a sub-programme of the Ministry’s Production and Productivity Programme. It targets specific products over the medium term that has competitive and/or comparative advantage to use as alternative or direct substitute to imported products. This will enable the Country to reduce loss of foreign exchange and build industries with an already built in market. Though-out this medium term to the next, the Ministry will be seeking to be self-sufficient in several crops namely onion and Irish potato.
As such, the Programme promoted the establishment of an onion development plan which promoted the increase in onion production in designated Agro-parks and other suitable production zones. The programme is laying the foundation for the expansion of the onion sub-sector, which is being implemented on a phased basis as a project involving both government aided Agro Parks in partnership with private sector stakeholders, community based organisations and NGOs. This is complementing the on-going Irish potato development projects in the Agro-Parks and select production zones.
Welcome to the official website of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has been charged with the responsibility of driving the integration of the production of primary agricultural produce along all the stages of the supply chain through to value added and facilitating full commercialization of outputs of the agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors.
We have, therefore, placed much energy and enthusiasm into the development of this website to provide timely information on the Ministry, our agencies and programmes.
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