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December 20, 2013 14:49 ET

Cash Crops From Caribbean Agricultural Industry Show Potential of Lucrative 2014 for Domestic and International Supply Chains

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Dec. 20, 2013) - The Caribbean has experienced slow trading activity and growth in export goods since the various economic matters with its several international trading partners in North America and Europe. Signs of changes in 2014 hold strong due to recent co-operations, partnerships, and government approvals for new solutions on global trading commerce for mega-cash crop within designated districts or trade zones, in addition to deregulations that would legalize the growing and selling of marijuana are in talks, active or pending government approvals for medical, scientific, and recreational purposes in particular parts of Europe and the Caribbean.

Earlier this month, the island nation of Jamaica announced the opening of the first medical marijuana company, MediCanja. Legalised use of marijuana in Jamaica has been in a long time coming, contrary to its past reputation as the leading Caribbean supplier of illegal marijuana to the United States.

Jamaica government recently witnessed and approved the partnership between non-governmental organisations and affiliated private sectors, collectively operating as a civil society organisation to establish programmes that support humanity, education, social and economic development, including the eight primary causes known as the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.

Netherlands remains active in the green industry, with hundreds of coffee shops that legally sell small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes and attract over 15 million tourists per year. Germany, neighbour of Netherlands has voted to open the first cannabis cafe in Berlin due to the majority vote by Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg council, in hopes to decrease drug related crimes, according to recent report from the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily.

A few member states in the West Indies and Eastern Europe are in talks of similar plans, as Jamaica and Germany for legalisation of cannabis for medical or other purposes, which shall hopefully create more agricultural jobs for locals and cease trafficking and sell of illegal marijuana and other harmful drugs. The pending plans in other countries raise more pros than cons from what activists are saying, due to the dire need for new farming job opportunities in developing nations, as Haiti, who has made public announcement from the Ministry of the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Rural Development in November to work with NGOs, as NMCMCIC, ECCO2 Haiti and AHDSEE to increase agricultural trading commerce of gross domestic product and international supply chains for indigenous crops as coffee, sugarcane, and maize (corn).

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