Crown Estate Scotland Starts 2020-23 Corporate Plan Consultation

first_imgCrown Estate Scotland has launched a public consultation on its draft 2020-23 Corporate Plan which will run until 25 November.The consultation covers activity related to rural estates, coastline, seabed, investing in built development and more.Helping attract offshore wind investment, supporting new ways of growing food and closer working with communities – particularly on the coastline – are just some of the proposals people are being asked for their views on, the seabed manager said.The proposals reflect independent research as well as conversations with tenants, businesses and communities across Scotland. Feedback from the consultation will be used to finalise the plan which will be launched in April 2020.“Over the coming years we want to invest in property, natural resources and people to generate lasting value,” Amanda Bryan, Chair of Crown Estate Scotland, said.“How we do that is set out in these proposals which in turn have been shaped by conversations with people and organisations up and down the country. Whether your interest is growing shellfish, finding new ways of farming, regenerating coastal communities or building the blue economy, we’re keen to hear from many people as possible so that our work truly reflects the views of all of Scotland.”The Crown Estate Scotland team will be at events and meetings throughout the autumn to raise awareness of the consultation.last_img read more

Farmers Encouraged to Grow Coconuts

first_img Speaking at the 32nd annual St. Mary Agricultural Show at Gray’s Inn Sports complex on Monday (April 2), the Minister said local manufacturers who depend on coconuts are going to other nations for raw materials, as the local supply is below the demand. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging Jamaicans to invest more in coconut farming, as there are opportunities to earn from the product. Mr. Shaw said the Government is taking action to change this situation, by rationalising a number of agencies, including the Cocoa Board, the Coffee Board and the Coconut Board into one, where there will be a focus on how to increase the production of these products. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is encouraging Jamaicans to invest more in coconut farming, as there are opportunities to earn from the product.Speaking at the 32nd annual St. Mary Agricultural Show at Gray’s Inn Sports complex on Monday (April 2), the Minister said local manufacturers who depend on coconuts are going to other nations for raw materials, as the local supply is below the demand.He cited GraceKennedy, which has to import coconut raw material because the company cannot get enough in Jamaica.Mr. Shaw said the Government is taking action to change this situation, by rationalising a number of agencies, including the Cocoa Board, the Coffee Board and the Coconut Board into one, where there will be a focus on how to increase the production of these products.“We are going to have to find a solution to build back production in all of these areas,” he added.The Minister said farmers, including the nation’s youth, need to get more serious about coconut production.“We are going to talk about how we can transform Jamaica into a major coconut-producing country once again, and it can be done,” Mr. Shaw said.The St. Mary Agricultural Show was held under the theme ‘Climate Smart Agriculture, the Key to Food Security’.Annually, the event is hosted to bring farmers from the parish of St. Mary, neighbouring parishes and other stakeholders together, where ideas for innovation are shared along with the introduction of new technology that they can incorporate into their practices.last_img read more