Find Agriculture expertise in Jamaica

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries contribute 6% to Jamaica’s GDP (2010). Despite contributing less to the economy than other sectors, agriculture is an important employer, supporting 20% of the population in 2009. In the same year, agricultural land accounted for a significant 41.5% of total land area. The main agricultural products are sugarcane, bananas, coffee, citrus, yams, ackees, poultry, goats and milk. Sugarcane, or sugar when processed, has traditionally been the number one foreign currency earner in the agricultural sector. The industry is structured around nine sugar estates, five of which have rum distilleries. After alcohol, sugar was the most profitable agricultural export in 2010, generating US$44,247,000. Another important crop is coffee, primarily the globally renowned Blue Mountain brand, much of which goes to its main export market in Japan. The majority of citrus production on the island is dedicated to sweet oranges, with the rest accounted for by grapefruit, ortanique and ugli. The country has also seen an expansion in the livestock sector, primarily cattle, poultry and dairy.

A new information system – the Jamaica Agriculture Market Information System – was launched in 2010 to assist producers, purchasers, consumers and distributors. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is the main public sector body.

Agriculture organisations in Jamaica
Blue Mountain Coffee Bean
College of Agriculture, Science and Education
College of Agriculture, Science and Education
Jamaica Agricultural Society
Jamaica Agriculture Marketing Information System (JAMIS)
Jamaica Citrus Growers (JCG)
Jamaica Livestock Association Ltd, The
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA)