Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says emphasis will be placed on increasing the number of community groups of traditional growers participating in the Alternative Development Programme.
The programme aims to prevent and eliminate the illicit cultivation of ganja and channel the process through legal streams.
The 1998 Action Plan, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, provides for the inclusion of such a programme through specifically designed rural development measures consistent with sustained national economic growth.
“What we will be doing in 2020, is looking for more community groups of traditional growers that we will engage and provide the technical support for them to transition into the medicinal marijuana industry,” Mr. Green said, as he addressed the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 14).
“Already, we have a group from St. Ann that has approached us and a group in Kingston and a group from south west St. Elizabeth,” he added.
Mr. Green also mentioned that a cannabis pilot project has started in Accompong, St. Elizabeth.