In the next twelve months, with your help, we can reduce the amount of onions imported into Jamaica. Currently the demand for onions in Jamaica is 10,000 tons per year and the island imports an incredible 90% of their onions. In the land of wood and water, a basic food staple is grown in a nation other than Jamaica. This speaks volumes about the state of our agricultural industry and our economy.
Farm Up Jamaica is in the process of cultivating 5 acres of organically grown onions in Manchester, Jamaica as a pilot project. The project began with heavily wooded property and we’ve been able to raise $30,000 thus far which allowed us to complete land clearance, composting, plowing and irrigation. We are now in the process of seeding and we are intercropping the farm with carrots.
In order to complete the project, we need to raise an additional $50,000 to (a) build a solar-powered onion drying and storage facility, (b) harvest, pack and transport the onions and (c) improve the living conditions of the resident farmer who is currently living on the farm 24/7 in a temporary camp with no electricity or plumbing.
Once we’ve completed our 5 acre test plot for organically grown onions, we will expand cultivation to 100 acres which will have a huge impact on closing the importation gap.