February 17, 2006 -- With sheep meat imports reaching over $560 million annually, Jamaica?s Ministry of Agriculture is spending $18.7 million to boost sheep production locally in an effort to reduce imports.
Fifty Dorper sheep have been imported to Jamaica from Arizona at a cost of $6.8 million to improve the local stock and increase production to 121,000 lbs. in the first year and 623,600 lbs. in five years.
According the agriculture minister, ?The demand for lamb stands at 330,700 lbs. per year, while current production figures are averaging a mere 20,300 lbs. per year.?
Reprinted in part from the Jamaica Gleaner