Industry and Commerce Minister, Audley Shaw, says there is increased demand for raw material in the construction industry which has becomes one of the main economic drivers in Jamaica.
He was speaking at JAMPRO's Agricultural Information Forum which was held in Montego Bay, St. James on Tuesday.
“The demand for cement is at an unprecendented level. When yo uare driving across a rural area and look at the level of constructin taking place - it’s unprecedented…..”
Shaw is also making the case that the restrictions being imposed on the medical cannabis industry by the US could soon be a thing of the past.
He expects the U.S authorties to review and relax the restrictions on ganja.
“The Federal government in terms of the movement of money - that’s not straigntened out yet - and that is affecting Jamaica. The thing is moving so fast, and that has to change. There is more than ample evidence that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is moving fast. They have to catch up with Israel, Canada and Europe,” he said.