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Changes to COVID Funding Programme for Farmers

Local News 28 May, 2021 Follow News

Changes to COVID Funding Programme for Farmers

The Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure (PAHI) has announced that there will be changes to the Cayman Islands Farmers’ Assistance and Relief Measures (CI FARM) programme, effective, Friday, May 28.

Members of the farming community are advised of the following:

No new applications will be accepted after May 28;

Persons who submitted applications prior to May 28 and pending approval will receive further assistance for one (1) month only;

Individuals who have been receiving grants will no longer receive additional credit on their voucher cards, with the exception of farmers registered with the Department of Agriculture prior to December 1, 2020. However, those with residual value on their cards will be able to purchase seeds, fertilisers and other agricultural inputs from the Department of Agriculture up until November 30, 2021.

Minister of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure, Hon. Jay Ebanks has stated that he is actively reviewing the agriculture sector and the resources that are needed for the modernisation of the sector to enhance food and nutrition security.

“The Ministry will be adjusting the level of assistance to will deliver more benefits to the various sub-sectors to stimulate agricultural growth, strengthen and improve productivity, storage, and other capacities,” he emphasised.

CI FARM was launched in December 2020 to provide economic support to the local farming community negatively affected by the COVID-19.

Since its inception, over 1200 farmers have benefitted from the relief measures. The initiative is being implemented by the Department of Agriculture with funding and oversight provided by Ministry of PAHI.

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