Agriculture Records High Growth
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says agricultural production recorded tremendous growth over the last two quarters.
“The quarter up to June, we had an increase over last year of 13.5 per cent. I understand that the figure coming out for the end of September is about 13.9 per cent over last year for that quarter,” he added.
Co-operative democracy being eroded
Very often, the abuse of the Westminster model of legislature in Jamaica, where there are so many ‘garrison constituencies’ is lamented as an erosion of democracy. But the erosion is not only at that level, but at the grass roots level as well, namely the clubs, associations and co-operatives. In any co-operative, the supreme authority is the annual general meeting (AGM). In the early days of co-operatives, especially the credit unions, this important aspect was emphasised.