Hardware & Lumber (H&L) Agro has announced to donate $2 million in agricultural inputs to help small farmers who have been hit hard by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Jamaica.
The inputs, which include fertilisers, pesticides and seeds, were handed over to Minister of Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shawm.
With this, the donation completes the company’s $10-million relief package, which also included product discounts of up to 30% for all farmers during April and May.
Minister Shaw thanked the firm for providing support to the agriculture community during the ongoing crisis.
He said that the assistance is “consistent with the Government’s commitment to restoring the livelihood and economic stability of our farmers within their respective communities and ensuring Jamaica’s food security.”
“As an immediate response, the Government has provided $240 million as part of its assistance programme to redistribute the excess produce from our farmers,” he stated.
For his part, Board Chairman, H&L, Erwin Burton, said the company is committed to assisting small farmers affected by COVID-19, particularly the restriction of movement and closure of markets across the island.
According to experts, the H&L Agro’s support would give small farmers a jump start towards regularising production, following the restriction of movement and closure of markets across the island.
Notably, H&L Agro is one of two operating divisions of H&L, which is Jamaica’s largest retailer and wholesaler of building materials, home improvement supplies and agricultural inputs.
It may be mentioned here that there are 5 H&L Agro stores across the island providing technical solutions, retailing and wholesaling of agricultural and gardening products.