Food Hygiene Bureau


Dry Spell Affecting Crop Production In Clarendon

Denton Alvaranga, Member of Morant & Croft’s Hill Farmers Group Project in North Central Clarendon, says a dry spell in the area is threatening food security.

Speaking at the European Union Delegation to Jamaica Panel Discussion, Alvaranga noted that lack of rainfall has a devastating impact on agriculture.

Denton Alvaranga, Morant & Croft’s Hill Farmers Group Member.

Alvaranga says while Jamaica has food security in vegetables, fruits, and roots and tubers, it depends largely on imports to provide legumes and cereals like corn, wheat, and rice.

The country’s annual food import bill is around US-one-billion-dollars.

CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust, Dr. Theresa Rodriguez-Moodie is suggesting that Jamaica protects its agricultural lands as countries are prioritising feeding their own population before exporting.

Dr. Theresa Rodriguez-Moodie, CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust.

The panellists were speaking under the theme, “Towards a culture of Climate Resilience for Sustainable Development.”



Advisor and Scientist

Formerly Senior Professor/ principal scientist and university head of entomology at ANGRAU AND PJTSAU . Had Doctoral degree in 1983 with specialization in Pesticide Residues, Insect Toxicology and worked for more than 33 years indifferent capacities as Professor/ Researcher and Extension scientist.

Specialisation: food safety and food security issues, pesticide residues, insect toxicology and IPM. He is involved in farmer empowerment and entrepreneurship development initiatives in agri-ecosystem.

Worked in collaboration with CIMMYT, Mexico on breeding for Insect Resistance and on innovative technologies in sugarcane, Potato, Ginger and Turmeric.