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Jamaica launches agriculture market information system

By improving access to information, JAMIS is designed to help farmers make more informed marketing decisions (©FAO/Franco Mattioli)
By improving access to information, JAMIS is designed to help farmers make more informed marketing decisions
©FAO/Franco Mattioli

A system that will collect, compile and disseminate pricing information about agricultural commodities traded in local and regional markets has been launched by the Jamaican Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MOAF). By providing accurate and up-to-date information online, the Jamaica Agriculture Market Information System (JAMIS) is designed to enable producers, purchasers, consumers and distributors to make more informed decisions about the sale and purchase of their produce.

"This data will assist the sector by providing the tools to determine where and when to buy and sell produce," explained Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. "It will also assist farmers to plan their production and promote a transparent marketplace, by putting buyers and sellers on a more equal bargaining basis." In addition to publishing the prices in local newspapers, JAMIS is planning to publish weekly prices on notice boards in main municipal markets and Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RDA) parish offices. A text messaging service will soon be made available.

Date published: March 2010

 

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