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LOCAL FARMERS SUPPLY TOURIST INDUSTRY.

Jamaican farmers supplied 75% to 80% of the US$60 million worth of agricultural produce used by the tourist and hotel industry in 1996, says State Minister for Agriculture Dr. Ferguson, reports CANA (July 20, 1998). Government figures show that the contribution of domestic crops to import substitution, largely through the efforts of small farmers, is estimated to save the country between US$300 million and US$400 million each year. Last year, domestic crop production yielded 551,000 tons of food, grossing US$450 million at farmgate prices. The sector supported some 150,000 rural families and was the second largest employer of labor - about 22% of the labor force.
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