Jamaica: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual
Jamaica continues to be an important market for U.S. bulk, intermediate, and high value agricultural products, with a total value of approximately $394 million in 2018. In Jamaica, there is currently no commercial production of genetically engineered (GE) crops. In addition, Jamaica does not have a biotechnology or biosafety legal framework for the deregulation or commercialization of biotechnology crops and does not have specific requirements for GE imports. There are current regulations that govern the importation of GE products for experimental purposes, such as field testing for cultivation. In addition, Jamaica’s draft biotechnology policy, which has been in draft form for several years, explicitly states the need for mandatory labeling of GE products.