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Russia to help Jamaica agriculture and possibly import meat and crops

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday June 22, 2015 – Russia has promised to help Jamaica restore its mined out bauxite lands to full agricultural production. It also plans to share its technology to boost the island’s agriculture and help address its environmental issues.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell made the disclosure as he attended the 19th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Moscow where he met with representatives from the Russian government to strengthen cooperation in specialised areas.

“I held discussions with the Agriculture Minister [Alexander Tkachov]. That discussion was very productive. The Minister has pledged to assist us with restoring our mined-out [bauxite] lands to full productivity,” Paulwell said.

“He promised to share with us the latest in Russian technology and expressed hope that both livestock and food crops can be exported from Jamaica to Russia,” the minister added.

He told JIS News that coming out of talks with Russia’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Sergei Donskoi, an agreement has been reached to provide support to the island on environmental issues.

“A lot was discussed. In the end, it was agreed that Russia would offer its assistance to Jamaica,” Paulwell said.

Prior to the start of the forum, Minister Paulwell also met with executives of Russian aluminium giant, United Company Rusal Alumina Limited (UC Rusal).

The annual forum, which ended over the weekend, brought together the world’s leading decision makers to identify and deliberate the key challenges facing emerging markets and growth economies, Russia and the world, and engage them in finding solutions.

It included an Energy Summit where Government representatives from several countries, chair of energy corporations or their senior executives, as well as industry experts, are expected to participate in debates, seminars, and country-specific round table discussions, for the exchange of ideas and insights on Global Energy and Development strategies.

Courtesy: Caribbean 360

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