A sum of US$100 million in grant funding has been requested from the Chinese Government to advance the development of the coffee industry.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, said the money will be used to rebuild the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.
“I have already had discussions with the present owner of a large part of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee system [in furtherance of this]. He has indicated to me that he is willing to look at us finding another partner to work with him to more aggressively build out the coffee industry,” he said.
Shaw was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
He pointed out that similar partnerships are to be formed to build out other industries, including cocoa and pimento.