Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called on farmers to utilise new irrigation technology to improve crop quality and to increase production. Story Highlights Mr. Shaw said of the close to 200,000 acres of irrigable lands in Jamaica, about 12 to 13 per cent have been irrigated, adding that it is an issue that needs to be corrected. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called on farmers to utilise new irrigation technology to improve crop quality and to increase production.Mr. Shaw said of the close to 200,000 acres of irrigable lands in Jamaica, about 12 to 13 per cent have been irrigated, adding that it is an issue that needs to be corrected.Giving the keynote address at the opening ceremony for Isratech Jamaica Limited’s new retail outlet and complex in Reading, St. James, on Wednesday (October 10), the Minister said the technology is available to erect cost-effective irrigation systems for both small and large farmers.In this regard, he urged farmers to take advantage of the products manufactured and supplied by Isratech to get their lands irrigated, especially for farms cultivated on slopes.“The land is sloping, so you get your plastic tanks and you put them on the hillside and you get some Isratech lines with the drip irrigation and you run them into the fields where you’re planting. No energy is needed, because gravity will take the water from the hillside down into the fields,” the Minister said.In the meantime, Mr. Shaw has renewed the call for Jamaicans to invest more in farming on idle lands across the island.“We have idle lands in St. Catherine, Clarendon, some areas of Westmoreland and Trelawny, all waiting on the promise of sugar to come back. Sugar is not going to come back to use the volume of idle lands that we have here in Jamaica,” he emphasised.Mr. Shaw said that while the Ministry has received hundreds of applications from farmers for investment in the agricultural sector, more persons need to utilise lands made available from the decline in sugar-cane production.The Minister declared that Jamaica’s economy cannot grow unless agriculture grows.
Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Drabinsky is seeking some exemptions, including being able to open a registered retirement savings plan and trade securities within the account, as well as set up a family company to minimize personal taxes and help with estate planning.“This is not cutting Mr. Drabinsky any slack,” said Richard H. Shekter, who represents Drabinsky.Shekter also argued his client needs some of the other caveats he’s asking for to be able to continue working. The lawyer said in previous hearings that the OSC’s suggested sanctions are broad enough to prevent Drabinsky from speaking with investors who are interested in his creative vision on future theatre productions.Drabinsky previously produced hits like The Phantom of the Opera and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His newest production, Sousatzka, debuts this month and is seen as his potential comeback vehicle.Foy said Drabinsky can continue to produce within film and television where there is limited private investment.But the OSC’s lawyers have argued the caveats and exemptions Drabinsky’s lawyers are asking for are unnecessary and broad.“They seem to be asking for a carve out for every conceivable situation,” Foy said.Foy added it’s impossible to predict whether the exemptions have any weaknesses that Drabinsky could exploit, while Drabinsky’s lawyer said he’s willing to co-operate with suggestions from the OSC’s three-member panel to revise his proposal along with input from Foy.The OSC will issue their decision on whether to mete out any regulatory penalties “in due course,” said D. Grant Vingoe, vice-chair of the commission and one of the members of the panel hearing the case.Drabinsky declined to comment at the end of the day’s proceedings. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement Lawyers for Ontario’s securities regulator said Monday in their closing statements that Garth Drabinsky, who defrauded investors of an estimated $500 million, should not be allowed to participate in the capital markets, while his representation called for some exceptions so he could continue to work in theatre production.“The capital markets are not the place for second chances,” said Pamela Foy, senior litigation counsel with the Ontario Securities Commission. She argued the regulatory agency cannot allow Drabinsky to be in a position where he could do more damage.Drabinsky was sentenced to a five-year prison term for his role in the Livent Entertainment fraud scandal that occurred nearly two decades ago. The OSC is seeking to ban him from acting as a director or officer of a public company and acting as or becoming a registrant in Ontario.