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The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) is an organization dedicated to facilitating and providing public value to the agricultural, fisheries, manufacturing and services sectors of Jamaica. Our vision and mission encapsulate our pledge to provide quality service to both the public and our co-workers:

Vision

By 2030, MICAF has achieved innovative, inclusive, sustainable and internationally competitive Jamaican industries in agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing and services sectors.

Mission

To create an enabling environment which grows and sustains industries in agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing and service sectors; and ensures consumer protection while fostering gender equality and social inclusion in all our policies, programmes and projects.

MICAF and by extension its portfolio agencies are committed to “Building Synergies for Inclusive Sustainable Growth” through our core values of:

  • Fairness - We aspire to provide access to opportunities to everyone regardless of sex, age, socioeconomic status, creed and ability.
  • Accountability - We commit to being answerable to the relevant authorities and laws governing Jamaica.
  • Integrity - We will adhere to conducting transactions with transparency; high moral standards and professionalism.
  • Respect - We acknowledge our differences and will provide a safe supportive environment in which all staff are valued and engage in interactive communication.
  • Excellence - We commit to a high standard of service delivery to clients and co-workers through accurate, accessible and up-to-date data; innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Stewardship - We interact and collaborate with all our stakeholders with understanding of our integral role to ensure the sustainable development in the agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing and service sectors
  • Transparency - We standardize operating procedures that are accessible and understandable to all.

MICAF has three main long-term goals:

  1. Competitive, diversified and market-oriented agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors that proactively manages risk (environmental and financial).
  2. Strengthened business environment including national quality infrastructure and reduced bureaucracy; sustainable agricultural health and food safety systems and food and nutrition security.
  3. Protected consumers; fair business practices within competitive economic spaces; and institutionalised quality management systems within Ministry and its portfolio agencies.

These strategic goals, which are aligned to the Vision 2030 Goals and the GOJ’s Strategic Priority – Sustainable Economic Growth and Job Creation, will be achieved through the identification and implementation of medium-term policy priorities. For 2019/20 – 2022/23, MICAF will be developing and implementing eight (8) policy priorities through the building of synergies along the value chain to provide an enabling and facilitating environment for growth in the productive sectors of agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing and services. They are;

  1. Optimize the production and productivity of key local produce and products towards targeted markets
  • Goals: (a) To increase agricultural production and productivity (b) To achieve food security by 2020 (FNS Policy) (c) Increase access of local produce to markets, finance and appropriate infrastructure and technology
  1. Increase access of select local industries to emerging and existing markets

Goal: To facilitate the sustainability and viability of the select local industries through the integration of emerging and existing markets

  1. Strengthen MSMEs’ contribution to Jamaica’s economy

Goal: (a) To improve the business environment regarding starting a business, business formalization, accessing credit, and resolving insolvency  (b) To increase the formal operations of MSMEs through adequate business development support services including the micro productive sector ; (c) Increase the opportunities for youth, the disabled and women to utilize business and entrepreneurship to enhance their economic and social wellbeing.

  1. Build climate-resilient agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing and services sectors

           Goal: (a)To develop a climate-resilient agricultural sector and to increase the adoption of climate resilient practices among targeted farming and fishing communities in Jamaica

  1. Improve the ease of doing business to facilitate investment in Jamaica

          Goal: Jamaica's trading environment is more transparent and predictable and traders have better access to trade information

  1. Strengthen the National Quality Infrastructure
       Goal: To create a national framework for the development of a sustainable “standards led, market driven” economy supported by a culture of quality to achieve global competitiveness and consumer       protection.
  1. Strengthen Agricultural Health and Food Safety Systems

Goal: To strengthen the national framework for agricultural food health and safety in Jamaica via standards advancements and protection.

  1. Build the capacity of Ministry and entities to efficiently and effectively implement policies, programmes and projects

           Goal: To increase efficiency and effectiveness of the Ministry’s policies, programmes and projects and enhance the Ministry’s service delivery to its clients

These policy priorities encompass a strategy – Building Synergies – which targets different categories of clients in the agriculture, manufacturing and services sector. These include:

  • Subsistence farmers and fishers
  • Emerging and MSME-type agribusinesses/non-agribusinesses and
  • Commercial Businesses

The realization of the policy priorities requires strategic partnerships, commitment and dedicated buy-in from ALL stakeholders to succeed. The available resources within MICAF and its portfolio agencies will provide solution to some of the challenges faced by the agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing and services sector. However, other forms of support from partnerships will be required to enhance service delivery and the achievement of competitive, inclusive and sustainable industries of the productive sectors. Thus, Ministry’s strategic support to the productive sectors is participatory and demand led/driven. Along with identified plans, policies and legislations to be developed/ amended, MICAF will implement the policy priorities through the following programmes and projects under two main strategies:

 

STRATEGY 1: Industrial Development and Export Production

Policy Priority 1: Optimize the production and productivity of key local produce and products towards targeted markets
  1. Agro-Parks and Agro-Economic Zone Development Programme
  2. Agriculture Competitiveness Programme Bridging Project (ACPBP)
  3. Competitive Products Development Programme
  4. Farm Roads Rehabilitation Project
  5. Irrigation Development Programme

 

  • St Elizabeth and South Clarendon Agricultural Development Project (SSCADP)
  • Feasibility Studies for GOJ Irrigation Projects

 

Policy Priority 2: Increase access of select local industries to emerging and existing markets

6. Fisheries Development Programme

  • Promoting Community Based Climate Resilience in the Fisheries Sector Project
  • Modernization of licensing and Registration Systems for Capture and Culture Fisheries Project (under Public Sector Reform Modernization Programme)

Policy Priority 3: Strengthen MSMEs’ contribution to Jamaica’s economy

7. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) & Entrepreneurship Programme

8. Agricultural Extension Programme

Policy Priority 4: Build climate-resilient agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing and services sectors

9. Production Incentive Programme

10. Essex Valley Agriculture Development Project (EVADP)

11. Promoting Community-Based Climate Resilience in the Fisheries Sector Project

 

Strategy 2: Enabling and Facilitating Environment

Policy Priority 5: Improve the ease of doing business to facilitate investment in Jamaica

  1. National Trade Facilitation Programme
  2. Investment Promotion Programme
  • Global Services Sector Project

Policy Priority 6: Strengthen the National Quality Infrastructure

National Quality Infrastructure Programme

Policy Priority 7: Strengthen Agricultural Health and Food Safety Systems

  • National Animal Identification & Traceability System (NAITS)
  • Frosty Pod Rot Disease Management Project
  • Beet Armyworm Disease Management Initiative

Policy Priority 8: Build the capacity of Ministry and entities to efficiently and effectively implement policies, programmes and projects

3. Modernization and Transformation Programme
4. Research and Development Programme
  • Bodles Rehabilitation Project

Strategic Objectives

In order to achieve the Mission and Vision of the Ministry within the framework of the Ministry’s policy priorities, the Ministry will seek to achieve the following by 2023:

Ten-percent (10%)  increase in the output of agriculture and fisheries resources including value-added production At least forty-percent (40%) of Jamaican farmers, fishers and fisher folks, agricultural producers, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), local businesses and other industry stakeholders have access to adequate infrastructure and support services. Supporting policy, legal and planning frameworks to  protect agricultural lands, aquatic ecosystems, plant genetic resources, livestock genetic resources, fisheries resources,  Jamaican brand, consumers and local businesses developed Twenty-percent (20%) increase in the application of appropriate technology by Jamaican farmers, fishers and fisher folks, producers and businesses At least five (5) new Jamaican products have access to an effective/efficient marketing framework (policies, structures, services, linkages, and supply and value chains, advantageous regional and international trade) The percentage of Jamaican products that meets international standards maximised Develop and begin implementation of action plans of at least four (4) key industries in agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing, and/or services sectors. At least 30% of participants into MICAF’s programmes geared towards training and certification; access to finance and other resources to work in/own and operate business/farm enterprises are youth, women, MSMEs or any other vulnerable group from the agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing and/or services sectors. Seventy-percent (70%) of the targets in the Ministry’s Policies, Programmes and Projects are achieved based on agreed upon timelines and quality. Financial resources are allocated based on agreed National and Ministry’s policy priorities. The ease of doing business ranking of Jamaica is increased by at least a level in one of the subcategories every two years. To reduce the incidence of pest and disease for select crops, livestock and food

Strategic Outcomes

It is expected that the following desired outcomes will result from the strategic priorities:

Increased contribution of local industries, agriculture, fisheries and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to GDP High standard of quality for all Jamaican consumers of Jamaican products and services Reduced improper usage of agricultural lands in Jamaica Increased responsiveness to threats and opportunities such as the impacts of climate change, pest and disease outbreaks and global developments Enhanced national quality infrastructure, food security, food safety, health and nutrition. Reduction of Praedial larceny, theft from agriculture and other adverse agricultural-related issues Flexible, responsive and robust systems to meet the demands of a dynamic local, regional and trading system. An efficient and effective regulatory system to ensure the sustainable use of the country’s global resources.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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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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