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Care the Environment
Our Environment includes our surroundings, conditions or circumstances of living – according to the Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English – 7th Edition, 1986
then God said:
I give you every seed –bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground – every thing that has breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.
Genesis 1 vs. 29, 30
Our Natural Resources
Jamaica’s natural resources fundamentally fall under three (3) broad categories.
Total agricultural land in Jamaica is 449,493 hectares of which only 273,229 hectares is active, leaving 115,242 hectares of land inactive –
(Tropical Farmers Almanac 2004, Patrick Maitland.)
üJamaica’s 3rd main economic activity
üProvide income for the country and producer
ü Provide food for Jamaicans
üHas accrued an income of 224 million US$ in the year 2000,(Tropical Farmers Almanac 2004) from export.
üSome of our traditional export crops include coffee, banana and sugar and all these crops have been praised for their wonderful taste and high quality.
2. Bauxite Mining
üSoils of Jamaica are mainly limestone
üAged and weathered into a red clay containing bauxite.
übegan in the 1940’s
üOne of the most important minerals extracted and exported.
üAluminum is derived and is a very important metal in the manufacturing sector.
üBauxite mining is the 2nd main economic activity in Jamaica
üaccrued 726 million US$ from export in 2000
ü(Zadie Nufeville – Environment – Jamaica document 2001).