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What kind of crops are grown in Jamaica for profit?
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This question was an interesting one. I mean, it is one of those things we think we know, but probably doesn't, well certainly for me.
I would never have guessed that we grow / produce so many crops here for commercial consumption!
Here is the question... which is followed by my response.
What are the top crops grown for profit in Jamaica?RESPONSE: by Wellesley
Thanks for asking!
I made contact with the St. Andrew parish office of RADA (The Rural Agriculture Development Authority), the statutory agency responsible for promoting agriculture development in Jamaica.
I spoke with one of the parish managers who was kind enough to outline the main crops grown in Jamaica today for commercial purposes.
He noted that these are the ones that they currently report on a monthly basis.
I will now list them for you, all of 53 general crops, across 11 general categories!
But just before, please note that although the list represents crops across the entire country, there are areas or parishes that might be predominant with particular crops.
Here now is the list - by Category
Crops Grown In Jamaica For Commercial Purposes (Profit)
- Red Peas
- Gungo Peas
- Cow Peas
- Broad Beans
- Sugar Bean
- Beet Root
- Cho Cho
- Egg Plant
- Pak Choi
- String Bean
- Yellow Squash
- Honey dew
Read more on Jamaican fruits here
- Ordinary Corn
- Hybrid Corn
- Sweet Corn
- Horse Plantain
- Other varieties
- Irish Potato
- Sweet Potato
See Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding
- Yellow Yam
- Negro Yam
- Lucea Yam
- Renta Yam
- Saint Vincent
- Sweet Yam
- Tau Yam
- "Other Yam Varieties,
eg. Chinese Yam"
Read more on Jamaican Yams here
- Bitter Cassava
- Sweet Cassava
- Citrus (Oranages/ Grapefruit etc)
Other Permanent Crops ( Not Reported By RADA)
- Breadfruit &
- Sugar Cane
- Hot Pepper
- Sweet Pepper
And, if I may add one myself, I'd say, marijuana
. It is still produced heavily 'underground' but might be streamlined sooner than we think!
Great! There you go, the main crops produced in Jamaica today for profit, as reported by RADA.
See also: Jamaican fruits
For additional information, please visit their website at https://rada.gov.jm/
I hope this provided the information you requested.
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