Chief Executive Officer of the Agro-Investment Corporation, Sylburn Thomas, is urging Jamaicans to exploit the investment opportunities now available at the Government’s agro-parks islandwide.
He was of the view that Jamaican’s should invest in the agro-parks, as he believed that if they can consolidate the entire value chain in a physical location, risks can be minimized and more can be done from synergy and knowledge sharing and do more from efficiencies and scale economics.
Mr. Thomas said the agro-parks concept is designed to facilitate investments by a wide cross-section of stakeholders, with food industry interests and suppliers among those targeted.
Mr. Thomas said agro-parks which are currently available for additional investments include: Spring Plain with 943 acres of arable land, and Ebony Park which has 1,197 acres, both of which are situated in Clarendon; and Elim, St. Elizabeth, which has 2,000 acres for aquaculture.
He was speaking at an agricultural information forum hosted by Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew last week.