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All In Place
for Denbigh
Show 2017
By Judith A. Hunter, JIS
resident of the Jamaica Agricultural
Society (JAS) and Chairman of the
Denbigh Planning Committee, Norman
Grant, says that all is in place for the
staging on 65th Annual Denbigh Agri-
cultural, Industrial and Food Show.
In relation to vector control, Mr.
Grant told JIS News that a fish pond,
which was a breeding ground for mos-
quito, has been filled in.
Waste water from restaurants and
other food areas will be channelled into
tanks and removed from the grounds
two times per day.
Speaking to JIS News during an in-
terview on Thursday (July 27), Grant
said issues raised by the Clarendon
Health Department regarding the state
of the showground have been addressed.
In outlining the steps taken, he in-


formed that a food handlers clinic was
held on July 13 targeting individuals,
who will deal with food at all levels.

Agriculture grew
President and CEO of the Jamaica Broilers Group, Christopher Levy; Minister of Agriculture Karl Samuda and
President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Norman Grant having a moment of fun with the Barred Rock Chicks, See Denbigh Show
newly distributed by Hi-Pro at the official launch of Denbigh Show 2017 held on the lawns of the Hi-Pro Super-
feature: pages 10-14
centre, White Hall in June.

by 13.5% in 2016
By Patrick Maitland
Editor-The Agriculturalist
he Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing industry increased by 13.5 percent during 2016.
The improved output was facilitated by more favorable weather conditions, com-
pared to the previous year in which island-wide drought conditions negatively affected
production by lowering crop yields and curtailing planting activities. Continued on page 5

Save our farms!

Preserving the best land for Jamaican farming!
A griculture is one of the strategic pri-
ority areas of the Vision 2030 Ja-
maica a national development plan
The situation is worrisome because
almost a decade since the 21-year
plan was announced, agricul-
at an annual average of just over
1,000 hectares. Housing and
other infrastructural devel-
But the problem can perhaps be
solved if the issues confronting agricul-
ture and the disincentives facing the Vi-
launched by the government in 2009. tures contribution to the is- opments are now shame- sion 2030 plans were immediately
The overall vision includes revital- lands GDP grew by a flimsy fully sitting on fertile and addressed.
izing rural communities, creating one percent, while the aver- irrigated soils that were First, the government must stop vio-
stronger linkages with other sectors and age was less than 6 percent once reserved for agricul- lating its land use policy of preserving
repositioning the sector in the national and valued at US$631,000. ture. the best land for farming.
economy to focus on the production of Jamaica is a net importer In our opinion, Jamaicas Over the past 30 years, government
high-value commodities and contribute of various consumer foods, food security plan could be agencies in Jamaica have been hastily is-
to national food security. which includes a number of es- derailed because the islands suing land approvals and change of use
Despite several areas of positive sential food items such as meat farmlands are being lost at an av- notices, converting thousands of
contributions to the economy, Jamaica is and milk that are costing an erage 9,722 hectares per decade acreages into various real estate devel-
facing an uphill battle of meeting its Vi- annual average of US$905 with some 379,140 hectares, or 63 opments.
sion 2030 Jamaica food security objec- million. On the converse, the percent, disappearing during the Any plans to package agriculture on
tives. average annual export of lo- past 48 years, according to the small acreages will not work. In our en-
In simple language: if the economic cally-produced food and other Agriculture Census of 2007. vironment, Jamaica needs an extensive
indicators as supplied by the Planning agricultural products are now val- The loss of arable farmlands is the area of arable land to produce food effi-
Institute of Jamaica, as well as the Sta- ued at an embarrassing US$217 most alarming threat to the existence of ciently.
tistical Institute of Jamaica, are correct, million. a viable Jamaican agriculture, the re- Jamaican farmers will continue to be
we will not be able to produce enough The situation is getting worst vitalization of rural communities and the the high cost and uneconomical produc-
food to feed ourselves or for the export as government and private landowners nations food security as outlined in the ers if we continue to take our best land
market. are shifting some of the islands best and Vision 2030 plan. out of farming.
most prized farmlands out of agriculture

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Merger Lagged Behind

F ive years after the late Minister of
Agriculture Roger Clarke announced
the merger of the four agricultural entities
-- the coconut, coffee and cocoa boards and
the ministrys export division -- into a sin-
gle agency, the process is yet to be com-
Consultant Dr. Garnet Brown, who
has been leading the transformation
process since 2012, promised in January
2016 that the merger would be finalised by
the end of that year. Everything is pro-
gressing steadily (and) it is my view that
Dr. Garnet Brown
before this year is out, it shall be in place,"
Consultant - Ministry of Industry,
Brown said back then.
Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries
But in May earlier this year, then
newly appointed Minister, Karl Samuda, Dr. Brown explained that while the
while addressing the Coconut Growers An- Act establishing JACRA was passed and
nual General Meeting at the Jamaica Con- signed into law several months ago, the
ference Centre, announced that all the Ministry was waiting on the office of the
commodity boards under his portfolio Chief Parliamentary Council to approve
would be dissolved. These boards, Samuda the regulatory and operational procedures.
revealed, would fall under the ambit of the "We are very eager to have JACRA in
recently enacted Jamaica Agricultural operations, but we cannot move without all
Commodities Regulatory Authority the legal proceedings in place. Hopefully,
(JACRA) and that all the necessary prepa- the process should be completed by the end
rations would be in place to allow for the of this calendar year," the consultant
new body to be inaugurated no later than added.
July 1, 2017. President of the Jamaica Agricultural
Samuda said that the primary objec- Society, Norman Grant noted that the slow
tive of the merger is not to punish com- pace of forming the new entity is affecting
modity boards. "It is not to impose investment and other business opportuni-
restrictions on commodity boards, and it is ties in the respective commodities. I am
not out of suspicions of the activities of hoping the process of merging the boards
commodity boards. (But) It is in keeping will be completed soon as promised,
with international standards and trends to Grant said.
put into the hands of key stakeholders their The decision to merge the commodity
destiny," Samuda argued. boards flowed from an agriculture min-
However, while agriculture stakehold- istry's sectoral study commissioned back
ers and commodity farmers are in support in May 2009 against the background of
of the merger, they are not pleased with the low production and productivity, due
long, drawn-out time the process has been mainly to inefficient marketing arrange-
taking to complete. ments.

Agriculture grew by 13.5% in 2016

Continued from page 1 Earnings from pimento, citrus and
According to the Planning Institute of cocoa also increased. Pimento increased
Jamaica's (PIOJ), the Agriculture Produc- by 5.9 percent to US$2.5 million, citrus by
tion Index showed that gross output for tra- 30.3 percent to US$1.8 million, while
ditional export crops grew by almost 2 cocoa exports improved by 64.6 percent to
percent for the sub-industries, including US$0.9 million.
export crops, other crops, animal farming, However, the PIOJ reports identify the
fishing and post-harvest activities. Within "high incidence of pest and diseases exac-
this sub-industry, banana production im- erbated by the arid conditions as among
proved by 7 percent, coffee by almost 32 the major constraints to production during
percent and cocoa by 14 percent. 2016."
However, sugar cane production fell The lack of proper irrigation systems
by 28.3 percent and citrus by .2 percent. in many vegetables producing area; prae-
Earnings from traditional export crops dial larceny; the high cost of inputs, fertil-
were US$33.2 million compared with izers and farm labour; lack of adequate
US$27.6 million in 2015. access to sufficiently good quality
The PIOJ attributes the increase in the seedlings and other planting materials and
value of exports mainly to improved earn- damages to farm roads which limits vehic-
ings from coffee (up almost 20 percent to ular access in many communities, were
US$27.6 million). also listed.

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Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda (2nd

right), in dialogue with (from left) corporate affairs manager, Dr. Keith Amiel; chief
operations officer, Mathew Lyn and director, Lori-Ann Lyn, all of the CB Group.
The occasion was the launch of the CB Groups Imagination Farms, held at the
Hope Zoo on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The company unveiled its fresh produce

Samuda welcomes CB Groups

brand Homegrown at the launch, which involves the growing of sweet corns,
onions and scotch bonnet peppers.

entry into the fresh produce market

M inister of Industry, Commerce, Agri-
culture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda,
has welcomed the entry of CB Group into the
easier because of the imperatives of knowing
that we must produce enough for our re-
quirements and more in order to export what
fresh produce market in Jamaica through its we produce and earn foreign exchange, he
new company, Imagination Farms. said.
Speaking at the launch of the new com- Samuda further explained that it was
pany at Hope Zoo on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, this kind of strategy and vision that was now
the agriculture minister applauded the CB driving agriculture and attracting people who
Group on its bold initiative. were historically involved in the distributive
What we are witnessing here tonight trade. Many distributors like the CB Group
has not taken place just over a year or two, it are now investing in agriculture, which is the
has been planned carefully over the years. I sector offering the greatest opportunity for
believe that it is only through planning and economic growth in Jamaica.
preparation that you are really going to ex- CB Groups entry into the fresh food
perience these kinds of successful and posi- market in Jamaica comes after years of re-
tive results, the Minister stated. search specifically targeting crops whose
According to Minister Samuda, more growth can create at least one of two types
science needs to be put into agriculture so of major impact -import substitution and
that more investors can be encouraged to go strong growth in export.
into agriculture. The Imagination Farms line of fresh
Earlier, enough emphasis was not produce - onions, sweet corn and scotch bon-
being placed on investment in agriculture be- net peppers -are the first expected to be on
cause we have had such a hard time in con- the shelves of supermarkets by next month

Sweet taste for bee farmers

vincing people that agriculture is a viable and and the company is encouraging all Ja-
lucrative industry. Today, it is made a lot maicans to buy local produce.

L ife should get a lot sweeter for more than

200 bee farmers in the western parishes
who now have access to a new $27-million
By improving market access and in-
creasing their earnings from the sale of
honey, bee farmers in Hanover and the ad-
state-of-the-art honey-extraction and bottling joining parishes of St. James, Trelawny and
facility the first of its kind in Jamaica. Westmoreland should enhance their liveli-
It will directly benefit 36 bee farmers hood significantly from the use of the plant.
who are registered members of the Hanover It will directly benefit 36 bee farmers
Bee Farmers Cooperative Society and 190 who are registered members of the Hanover
bee farmers from the adjoining parishes. Bee Farmers Cooperative Society and 190
The 1,500 square-foot facility was officially bee farmers from the adjoining parishes.
handed over to the cooperative society by the The 1,500 square-foot facility was offi-
Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) dur- cially handed over to the cooperative society
ing a recent ceremony held at its location at by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund
the old Rural Agricultural and Development (JSIF) during a recent ceremony held at its
Authority (RADA) Parish Office Complex location at the old Rural Agricultural and
in Lucea, Hanover. Development Authority (RADA) Parish Of-
Life should get a lot sweeter for more fice Complex in Lucea, Hanover.
than 200 bee farmers in the western parishes It has been outfitted with modern equip-
who now have access to a new $27-million ment, including frame honey extractors,
state-of-the-art honey-extraction and bottling stainless-steel storage tanks, settling tanks
facility the first of its kind in Jamaica. and honey strainers.

Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO),

Peter Thompson (left), and President of the University of Technology (UTech),
Professor Stephen Vasciannie, sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to
deliver a postgraduate programme in rural development, at the institutions Old

UTech and RADA Sign MOU to Deliver

Hope Road offices in St. Andrew on July 11. -Photo: Rudranath Fraser

Masters Program in Rural Development

T he University of Technology (UTech) and
the Rural Agricultural Development Au-
thority (RADA) have signed a memorandum
Both entities are collaborating to tap into
the potential of rural communities for national
of understanding (MOU) to deliver a post- development, as these areas remain largely un-
graduate degree programme geared towards exploited across the Caribbean region.
the economic development of rural communi- At the signing ceremony held at UTechs
ties. Old Hope Road campus in St. Andrew on July
The Master of Science in Integrated Rural 11, RADAs Chief Executive Officer (CEO),
Development is expected to begin next year Peter Thompson, said the programme of study
and is currently being developed by the Fac- will find practical solutions to challenges im-
ulty of the Built Environment (FOBE) at pacting rural communities.
UTech, to be officially authorised by the uni- Mr. Thompson also expects that capacity-
versitys academic board. building and knowledge-sharing will be de-
Among the objectives of the programme rived from the partnership, as well as the
is to promote rural entrepreneurship as the en- exploration of other areas of cooperation, such
gine of growth, as well as to increase the as the release of joint publications. We expect
other universities to come on board, be it local

Farm loans increased by 55%

knowledge and technical skills of persons
working in public and private sectors in areas or international, to solve some of the problems
that are intricately linked to rural development. we have in rural communities, he noted.

S ome $924.7 million in local currency

loans were allocated to the agricultural
sector in 2016, which represents a 54 per-
mainly to the increased investment in the
Poultry sub-industry which moved to
$528.2 million from $114.8 million in
cent increase over the 2015 allocation of 2015, according to the PIOJ reports.
$425.3 million. The wholesale lending rate to AFIs and
According to the recently published the rate at which farmers accessed these
Planning Institute of Jamaica's Social and loans varied based on the line of credit.
Economic Survey, the number of loans dis- These lending rates remained constant for
bursed in 2016 totaled 1,898, relative to 961 the first ten months of the year but in some
in 2015. The increase in funds loaned was cases were adjusted downwards in the re-
mainly attributed to the greater uptake of maining two months of the year.
loans for the poultry subindustry. For 2016, the lowest interest rate of 5.0
The Development Bank of Jamaica per cent offered by the Development Bank
(DBJ), through the Peoples Cooperative of Jamaica, in collaboration with the
(PC) Bank and other Approved Financial MOAF, was made available through the
Institutions (AFIs), provided loans for po- Dairy Revitalization line of credit to dairy
tentially viable agriculture and agro-pro- farmers. The CDB/MOAF11 line of credit
cessing projects. was also offered at a 5.0 per cent interest
The uptake of loans for Agro-Process- rate. The PetroCaribe/DBJ line of credit tar-
ing activities moved to $90 million from geted projects from the Micro Finance In-
$77 million in the previous year. For other stitutions and attracted higher levels of
agricultural projects, there were increases in interest rates based on the limited collateral
the uptake of loans for livestock and the requirements.
micro financing industry which outweighed Foreign currency loans were made
the declines recorded for the categories available at a rate of 9.0 per cent. The total
Crops and Farm Infrastructure & Vehicle. stock of agricultural loans outstanding to the
Loans for the category Crops declined DBJ at the end of 2016 was $3,445.9 mil-
from $103 million in 2015 to $70.7 million lion relative to $4289.7 million at the end of
while loans for Farm Infrastructure & Vehi- 2015. Loans issued were $16,506.4 million
cle decreased from $22.5 million in 2015 to and the total repaid $13,060.4 million. The
$20.3 million. The uptake of loans for Live- stock of loans outstanding at Commercial
stock was $599.6 million compared with Banks was $2,407.1 million compared with
$147.2 million in 2015. This was due $2,992.2 million at the end of 2015.

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Twelve young ladies will be vying for the National Farm Queen title atthe annual three-day Denbigh Agricultural & Industrial Show being held on August 4-6, at Den-
bigh Showgrounds, May Pen, Clarendon. The coronation of the National Farm Queen is the main entertainment event on the first day of the show. The National Farm

Congratulations on this highly acclaimed show

Queen epitomizes grace, personality, intelligence, the right values, and attitudes all capsulated by agricultural knowledge. She represents the agricultural sector for
one year and therefore must be cognizant of the issues affecting the sector.

I extend best wishes to the Ja-

maica Agricultural Society
(JAS) on the 65th staging of the
That alone reflects the qual-
ity of your programme. Thank
you also for believing, supporting
Simultaneously, I commend
you on your efforts to promote
women in farming through pro-
of Jamaicas who continuously
support the industry.
None of your efforts have
Denbigh Agricultural Industrial and helping to sustain the Grow grammes such as the National gone unnoticed, you are true na-
and Food Show. What You Eat, Eat What You Champion Woman Farmer and tion builders
This highly acclaimed show Grow campaign. the National Farm Queen Com- As the Denbigh Agricultural
has commendably earned the dis- The JAS certainly possess petitions. Industrial and Food Show cele-
tinction of the oldest, largest, and the dynamism which separates When I examine the excel- brates 65 years, and the JAS re-
most dynamic agricultural show the ordinary from the extraordi- lent reviews coming out of the flects on its past
in the English speaking nary. Denbigh Agricultural Industrial accomplishments, may this mo-
Caribbean. I give special recognition to and Food Show each year, I am ment of history also be used as a
Congratulations on your the Young Farmers Competition. confident that our nations farm- guiding light as you continue to
tremendous track record that has It is a delight to see our young ers are delivering high quality transform the agricultural land-
shown over 80,000 patrons grac- people conceptualizing innova- produce. scape of Jamaica.
ing the Denbigh show grounds for tive and cutting edge farming I salute all the farmers across Happy 65th anniversary.

Endorses agriculture as the backbone of our economy

this event annually. practices. By Patrick Allen Jamaica and commend the scores God bless you!
Governor General, Jamaica

T his year we proudly celebrate

the 65th staging of the Den-
bigh Agricultural, Industrial and
We are well aware that the
industry plays a strategic role in
the advancement of our global
I extend special commen-
dations to all the stakeholders
on recognizing the importance
My administration also
thanks all committee members,
farmers, entertainers, and sup-
Food Show. competiveness. It is critical that of organizing events of this na- porters who continued to make
This show piece event em- we continue to match our nat- ture. valuable contributions to the
bodies the finest of Jamaican ural resources with opportu- The Government applauds Denbigh Show.
agriculture, production and cul- nity. The Jamaica Agricultural Soci- We strongly encourage the
ture as our people show the dedi- The Denbigh Agricultural
ety (JAS) on being committed JAS to continue this worthwhile
cation and commitment to an area Show has built a reputation of
to supporting efficiency in agri- endeavour and hope that your
in which is a significant contribu- celebrating the hard work and
cultural production. intervention will have a far
tion to economic growth and skill of primary producers. This
rich and vibrant expo provides Your organization has been reaching impact as we work to
prosperity in the country.
wholesome family entertainment instrumental in reminding us of make Jamaica a prosperous na-
My administration fully en-
dorses agriculture as being the and showcases the wealth of tal- the wealth in our soil. tion.

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Prime Minister, Jamaica


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Denbigh Show epitomises the resilience of our farmers

I t is that time again time to place
renewed focus on the work and
worth of our farmers and the agri-
In this context, the staging of
the Denbigh Show epitomises the
commitment, the will and the re-
creation of new industries, the pro-
motion of value added and diversi-
fied production, as well as the
In recognition of its value as
not only a national but a regional
and, indeed, an international event,
cultural sector through the staging silience of our farmers and, indeed, expansion of agro-processing, as the Ministry, in collaboration with
of the annual Denbigh Agricultural our country to forge ahead against critical strategic priorities for the the JAS, has initiated specific meas-
Show. all odds and continue to pursue agricultural sector. ures to improve not only the prod-
This years show, I believe, growth through increased produc- The Denbigh Agricultural uct but the logistics and the
will assume particular significance tion and productivity in the sector. Show is part of what defines who aesthetics of the Denbigh experi-
against the background of the As we celebrate Denbigh, it is we are as Jamaicans. I commend ence.
weather-related events of 2017 that fitting for the Ministry of Industry, the JAS and its partners for their In accordance with the theme
have severely impacted the per- Commerce, Agriculture and Fish- dedicated leadership in hosting this of this 65th Anniversary show, we
formance of the sector, requiring eries to reiterate its resolve to con- event and I invite all Jamaicans to expect that all the components of
millions of dollars of unbudgeted tinue to foster and facilitate a By Karl Samuda join in making this show a memo- the event will combine to salute and
expenditure by our farmers, the growth environment, which sup- Minister of Industry, Commerce, rable and successful one. pay tribute to the farmers of Ja-
ports import substitution, export ex- maica who are truly nation builders.

Denbigh continues
Ministry, and other stakeholders. Agriculture and Fisheries
pansion, climate adaptation, the

to delight and
inspire Jamaicans
T he annual Denbigh Agri-
cultural Show continues
to delight and inspire Ja-
maicans by showcasing the
best of what our hard-work-
ing farmers have to offer.
The highest commenda-
tion must go to the Jamaica
Agricultural Society, which,
for over 120 years, has been
a driving force in advancing
the interests of generations
of food producers.
I join the nation in By Peter Phillips
saluting you for your stellar Opposition Leader
efforts in helping the indus-
try to thrive and grow de- tinuous improvement in the
spite the many challenges. management of the sector at
My respect and admiration the local, national, and
for members of the largely global levels is a given.
rural farming community is This has taken on
a well-known fact, as I too heightened significance in
was raised in rural parts. wake of the steady expan-
Visiting the Denbigh sion of international markets
showgrounds, viewing the and the revolutions in
displays and experiencing agrotechnology which have
the charged and effervescent combined to create a wealth
atmosphere that abounds of new opportunities for our
there, is always a highlight local farmers.
of our Independence celebra- I must congratulate the
tions. JAS for serving as a bridge
A significant percentage between the policy-makers,
of our people depend di- the NGOs, the business sec-
rectly or indirectly on agri- tor, the scientific research
culture for their livelihoods community, the international
while at the same time, the agencies, and the large and
entire country continues to small farmers that make up
rely on those who grow your membership.
crops and rear livestock for Let me say how gratify-
their day-to-day needs. ing it has been to witness the
With the national devel- evolution and adaptation of
opment agenda thus tied to the Denbigh Expo to suit the
agriculture, the need for con- current climate.

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Denbigh Show: Jamaica's most iconic event

By Norman Grant omy noting the sectors over 7 percent con-

President, JAS & tribution to GDP, the increasing of domestic
Denbigh Show Committee crop production from 491,000 tonnes when
he Denbigh Agricultural Industrial and the Eat Jamaican Campaign was launched in
Food Show is the oldest, largest and 2003 to record production of 668,000 tonnes
most dynamic Agricultural Show in the Eng- in 2016, the reduction of our importation of
lish Speaking Caribbean and the Western food from US$100 million to $60 million
Hemisphere and one of Jamaica's most per annum over the campaign period thus
iconic events. saving our economy over US$600 million.
It was held for the first time in 1952 and Our sector and farmers have helped to
since then, has reminded us each year of stabilise the Jamaican Economy and in the
what we have achieved in agriculture and its fiscal period just ending increased the sec-
related sectors. The Denbigh Show has en- tor's contribution to GDP from 6.5 percent
joyed success as the Caribbean's premier to 7.5 percent. We, therefore, believe that the
agricultural event as it epitomises whole- time has come to recognise our farmers as
some family entertainment and seeks to at- the lifeblood and the backbone of our econ-
tract over 80,000 patrons and 1000 omy; thus Denbigh65 focuses on their ster-
exhibitors to the event annually. ling contribution over the years as we further
The Show has become a benchmark for celebrate Jamaica's 55th Anniversary as an
showcasing agriculture and is a culmination independent nation.
of Parish Agricultural Shows island-wide. In On behalf of the Jamaica Agricultural
essence, the Denbigh Show is the perfect Society and The Denbigh Show Committee
platform for patrons and participants to be- we would like to thank our partners; Min-
come exposed to modern trends in agricul- istry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and
ture and its related industries. Fisheries, Rural Agricultural Development
The 65th staging that is scheduled for Authority, the Jamaica 4H Clubs, all spon-
August 5-7, 2017, will be held under the sors, exhibitors, agricultural stakeholders,
theme: "Grow What We Eat and Eat What patrons including our anticipated overseas
DENBIGH LAUNCH: (l-r) President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Norman

We Grow... A Salute to the Farmers... Nation partners, JAS management, staff, members,
Grant, President and CEO of the Jamaica Broilers Group, Christopher Levy, and
Associations of Branch Societies (ABS),
President- Jamaica Operations of the Jamaica Broilers Group, Conley Salmon
Builders" on the Denbigh Showground, will
Commodity Boards and agencies for their
discuss the produce displayed at the Denbigh 2017 Launch held on the lawns of
continue to showcase the work of our the Hi-Pro Supercentre in June.
250,000 farmers and fisher folks. continuous support to "The Denbigh Show."
We estimate that the cost to stage this Patrons will once again be given the op- Gospel Extravaganza, Farm Queen Corona- We invite all to be a part of the Den-
year's show will be approximately $100 mil- portunity to experience; Children and Fam- tion Show and Digicel Rising Stars. All this bigh Show 2017 experience, as we honour
lion and will generate over $1 billion of eco- ily Village, Denbigh Health and Wellness is for a daily entrance fee of $1000.00 for our farmers and build the sector that will
nomic activities for the Jamaican economy Centre, Youth in Agriculture Village, adults and $400.00 for children. drive sustained economic growth and food
and most importantly of significant benefit Tourism Linkages, Denbigh Symposium, The JAS and MICAF will use this security, sovereignty and independence for
to the commerce of May Pen, Clarendon. Parish Pavilion Competitions, Livestock years show to continue to salute the farmers Jamaica Land We Love.
Competitions and Displays. Nightly Enter- of Jamaica for the remarkable contribution See you at Denbigh 2017!
tainment will include the Hi-Pro Denbigh to the development of the Jamaican Econ-

Livestock takes
centre-stage at
J AS President Norman Grant said all
are in place for the best Denbigh Show
ever. Record number of entries have
been made to the livestock area of the
show and over 1,000 exhibits are ex-
pected in this area making it the largest
number ever in the shows history.
Based on the levels of interest show
in the livestock area the JAS will look to
construct new banes for additional ani-
mals next year. Judging for the livestock
competition will commence on Saturday
August 5 at 9 am while visit to this section will be done by the Minister of Agriculture and
Kent Skyers , Public and Community Relations Superintendent ofNoranda Ja-
the President of the JAS on August 5th. The Governor General on August 6th, while the
maica Bauxite Partners presenting the company's Champion Green House
Prime Minister, the Minister of Agriculture and the President of the JAS on Monday August
Farmer trophy to Lester Mills of Manchester at the 2016 staging of the Den-
7 will inspect the animals during the parade at 11 am.
bigh Agricultural Show. The St Ann based bauxite company have been spon-

Ten-man delegations from Grand Cayman confirmed

soring this award for the past four years.

T he speaker of the Legislative Assembly of

the Grand Cayman McKeeva Bush and
president of Cayman Islands Agricultural So-
Society and Cayman Island Agricultural Soci-
ety (CIAS) are in discussion for the execution
of a Memorandum of Understanding which
Grant also noted that after the Denbigh
Show, the visitors will visit a number of farms
including the farm of the National Champion
tural Society Charles E. Thompson 1st Vice
President CIAS; William Geoffry Ebanks
2nd Vice President CIAS; Justin Woods
ciety, George Smith will lead a ten-man dele- seeks to foster closer working relationship with who will be announced at the Denbigh Show Immediate Past President CIAS; Miguel
gation to the Denbigh Agricultural and both farmers organization. The issues will in- on Sunday August 6. The delegation has also Smith Member CIAS; Glenroy Bodden -
Industrial Show schedule for August 5-7th at clude trading and the exchanging of informa- requested to visit livestock farms. The mem- Visitor; Jenian Nazareno Wife of 2nd Vice
the Denbigh showground May Pen Clarendon. tion to the benefit of the members of each bers of the delegation include: McKeeva Bush President; Xander Ebanks Son of 2nd Vice
According to a press release from JAS Presi- organization. The agreement could be signed Speaker of the Legislative Assembly; George President and William R.G. Ebanks Son of
dent Norman Grant the Jamaica Agricultural during the Denbigh show. Smith President - Cayman Islands Agricul- 2nd Vice President.

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J.C. Hutchinson (2nd l), Minis-
ter without Portfolio in the
Ministry of Industry, Com-
merce, Agriculture and Fish-
eries (MICAF), hands
bee-keeping box to Nicole
Johnston of the St. Elizabeth
Bee Farmers Association dur-
ing a handover of bee-keep-
ing equipment by MICAF
valued at over $9.266m to 300
bee-keepers located island-
wide on July 27 at Bodles Re-
search Station in St.
Catherine. Others from left
are Percival Shaw, Acting
Principal Director at the Rural
Agricultural Development Au-
thority, and Dr. Lisa Myers-
Morgan, Principal Research
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Former managing director, Jamaica Investment Fund (JSIF), Scarlette Gillings, pres-
ents permanent secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and
Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, with a copy of the Integrated Disaster Risk Manual, at
the Symposium of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), held at the Mona

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Lightbourne said that a systematic ap-

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In this regard, she said advice is being
sought in relation to minimising this possibil-
ity and whether or not it has to be done
hairperson of the Cannabis Licensing specifically indoors.
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says regulations being developed to guide a that (can be impacted by) hurricanes; so the
legal hemp industry in Jamaica should be in possibility of cross pollination is high, she
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(July 25) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, ward.
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to Dairy Sector
Stakeholders on
World Milk Day
he Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. The success of the Dairy Industry is being facilitated by the consistent
Karl Samuda, CD, MP, and the Chairman of the Jamaica Dairy efforts of these our vital partners, who continue to work for the
Development Board (JDDB), Mr. Donald Elvey, on behalf of the Board sustainable development of the Jamaican Dairy Industry, the agricul
of Directors of the JDDB, take this opportunity to salute all stakeholders tural sector and the economy of Jamaica as a whole.
of the Dairy Sector as we observe World Milk Day, Thursday
June 1, 2017. In observing World Milk Day 2017, the focus will be on improving the
nutritional levels of our Jamaican children. With this in mind, several
Our Dairy Sector stakeholders continue to perform a critical role in the of our partners will today embark on activities to promote milk among
revitalisation of the Jamaican Dairy Industry as we pursue the mission to children in primary schools across the country.
achieve the goal of increasing local milk production to 20 million litres by
the year 2020. Among these important sector stakeholders are: This initiative builds on the foundations laid by the previous activities
r %BJSZ'BSNFST undertaken by the Dairy Board arising from World Milk Day last
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Financial Repositioning of the JAS

T he Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS)
celebrates 122 years of service to the
Farmers of Jamaica.
National Effort of the JAS
This has been achieved as the organiza-
tion focuses on being committed to fostering
the organisation as an independent and viable
organisation contributing to successful farm-
ers and agro-processors.
For the Year Ended March 31, 2017 the domestic agricultural production through On November 25, 2016, we will cele-
JAS generated income of $104, 294,826 best practices and efficiencies in output and brate the 13th anniversary of the Eat Ja-
compared with $96,227,454 an increase in distribution, and developing good marketing maican food campaign as a part of the
income of 8.3 percent or $8 million. know-how for our farmers produce. aggressive drive to significantly reduce the
The Societys Net Surplus on operating The Society also plays a supporting role food imports. The Campaign is saving the
activities after (financial cost of $3,789,641) in research and development of new method- Jamaican Economy US$500 million over the
was $2,599,613 compared to a loss of ologies; as well as ventures in agri-business years that before the campaign was launched
$8,122,391 in prior year which reflects a as a means of increasing value added within income grew a weighted average of US $100
turn- around of over $10 million. the agricultural sector. The Society also fa- million/ annum moving from US$279 mil-
This strong financial performance was driven cilitates agricultural forums to educate the lion in 2000 to $479 million in 2002.
by increase in the surplus from self-financ- public on the Jamaican Agricultural Sectors After the campaign was launch in 2003,
ing activities which saw the surplus increase importance, needs and constraints. imports of food moved from $486 million in
from $1,640,789 in 2016 to $9,082,861 in Our approximately 250,000 farmers and 2003 to approximately $969 million in 2013
2017, an increase of 462 percent. fisher folk with the support from the Ministry thus an annual weighted average increase of
This main profit centers were Rental of of Agriculture and Fisheries, the JAS, the $60 million, thus saving $40 million per
Properties , The Denbigh Agricultural , In- Rural Agricultural Development Authority annum. Therefore without the 'Eat Jamaican'
dustrial and Food Show and the expansion of and other agencies, have gone beyond them- Campaign our food import bill would be US
the JAS farm store activities under the JAS- By Norman Washington Grant selves and have produced to meet the de- $1.5 billion.
CEL brand. The rental income was approxi- President, Jamaica Agricultural Society manding but desirable job of feeding this Food imports in 2015 decrease to
mately $6 million, with Compton House at the 122nd Annual General Meeting countrys 2.7 million population. US$893 that is an 11.5% decrease, saving the
Manchester contributing $3.2 million, Car The importance of the agriculture sector country US$88.7m. 0.7 percent reduction in
maican economy and will go down to be the
Park at Sutton Street $1.5 million and Office to Jamaica has been steadily growing over imports which is a US$2.4 million for the pe-
best ever Denbigh Show which will be our
space at 67 Church Street $1.2 million. the years and the year in review shows evi- riod January to May 2016.
65th show in our 55th year of Jamaicas cel-
The JASCEL now operate a farm store dence of this: The JAS/COK Pension plan at Dec
ebration as an independent nation.
and garden center which sells input to our Food production in 2003 was 491,000 2016 has 163 members valued $405,000.00.
2. Compton House in Manchester was
customers and offer to paid up registered tonnes to 668,754.7 tonnes in 2016. This is The parish leading the charge for 2016 was
another property in debt of $16 million,
members/farmers a 5 percent discount. The equal to a 36% or 177,750 tonnes increase. St. Thomas, with farmers registering from
which was settled by us and we engage in a
plan is to establish at least one such opera- In 2016 the domestic crop production the communities of Golden Valley, Leith
development that resulted the construction of
tion in every parish and to-date we have fully amounted to 668,754.7 tonnes a 13.5% in- Hall, Golden Grove, Morant Bay, Sunning
8 shops with annual rental income of 10 mil-
operated farm stores in Kingston at 67 crease from 2015 in which 571 441 tonnes Hill, Cedar Valley and Plantain Garden Agro
lion per annum and with the property now
Church Street and Port Antonio Portland. were produced. Park. Other Parishes include Portland, St.
valued over $70 million.
JASCEL also purchase produce from farm- Our import bill that now stands at Ann, St. Thomas, Kingston & St. Andrew
ers and for the year ended March 2017 the US$968 million has decreased from a and St. Catherine.

The Societys net

JAS purchased the following for supplies to weighted average annual increase of US$100 The JAS is also a critical stakeholder
the produce market. before the Eat What We Grow Campaign on the Tourism Linkage Task Force estab-
The total asset base of the Society to- surplus was $2,599,613 launched in 2003 to US$60 million per lished by the Ministry of Tourism which will
taled $520.35 million at the end of March compared to a loss of annum after the lauch of the campaign, so be used as a basis to re-engineer Jamaica

$8,122,391 in prior year.

2017 and this is compared with $370 million our campaign has saved the Jamaican econ- Agricultural Society Commercial Enterprises
when I took office as President in 2003. This omy approximately US$560 million or J$72 (JASCEL) and the Central Marketing Sys-
reflects an increase of over 40 percent or a billion. So if we did not launch this game tem which will be underpinned by market ac-
weighted average growth rate of 3 percent This strong financial changing campaign based on the established cess for farmers produce in an organised
per annum. performance was driven trend our import bill was be US$1.5 billion framework.
Our nett assets stood at $483 million by increase in the surplus which would have challenged our exchange
rate , inflation as well as our NIR.
Partnering with the Praedial Larceny
Prevention Unit. The JAS supports the work
from self-financing activities
which was $4.9 million or approximately 1%
higher than the previous year 2016. There Traditional crops grew by an estimated of the unit as its fight against farm terrorist
was also excellent in the performance of our which saw the surplus increase 23.6 percent, with banana up 21.6 per cent; and is a part of Praedial Larceny Prevention
current and long term liabilities. from $1,640,789 in 2016 to coffee, 17.9 per cent; cocoa, 36.2 per cent; Committee.
while sugar production amounted to 41,954 National Blood Drive partnership with
$9,082,861 in 2017, an
Current liabilities of the period under re-
view was $$34 million compared to $43 mil- tonnes. the National Blood Transfusion Unit
lion at the end of 2017, an improvement of increase of 462 percent. The agricultural sector contributed 7.5 (NBTU) to provide a medium which farmers
$9 million of 20 percent while our long term per cent to the gross domestic product (GDP) can donate blood to the National Blood Bank
liability decrease from $32.5 million in 2016 in 2016, but the heavy rains in May affected in Jamaica started in 2015.
3. I am pleased to announce today that
to $30.3 million in 2017, an improvement of some 10,000 farmers, resulting in losses The hosting of the National Agricul-
we will be engaging in phase 2 development
2.2 million or 6.76 percent. worth $800 million. tural Production and Food Security Summit,
over the next 24 months commencing in Sep-
Farmers let us not forget that when I These statistics confirm the opportunity in April 2016 at the Jamaica Conference
tember where we will expand the complete
took office as President our current and long to move agricultural production forward and Centre, as part of our farmers month cele-
for rental.
term liability was close to $200 million and given adequate support, we will be able to re- brations. The summit had 98 registered at-
4. The development of our complex in
the JAS then was insolvent. We have come a alize the tremendous potential that exists tendees that include government officials,
Westmoreland is another major achievement.
long way but there is still a lot more work to within the sector. If Jamaica reaches its peak schools, stakeholders, organisations, and
The Authur Lawson Complex which now op-
do. in agricultural production, it stands to bene- farmers.
erate one of the largest farm store in the
fit from import substitution, poverty allevia- MOU with the Jamaican Diaspora
Major improvements & repositioning: parish and we will move into phase 2 to com-
tion and subsequently, sustainable economic Agricultural Task Forces. The MOU will so-
1. This Denbigh property of 52 acres plete shops on the top and have office space
growth whilst securing a greater level of food lidify a strong partnership between members
was used to secured loan and just over 2 for the JAS and other building to rent.
security. of the Jamaica Diaspora who have a passion
years ago we settled an outstanding debt of 5. At Sutton Place, church Street, we
Over the period under review, we con- and commitment for Agriculture and have or-
$85 million and now have the Denbigh title have acquired addition property and we now
tinue to build on the initiatives which will en- ganised as the Jamaica Diaspora Task Force
in our care. For those who continue to say we have expanded our car park which is our gen-
able the JAS to be a viable entity, which and the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Ja-
should develop Denbigh showground, how erating $1.2 million annually in income and
includes: maicas oldest and largest organisation. For
can we will the asset was not belonging to us. we are going break ground within the next 3
The Board continues to meet on a the aim of supporting the advancement of Ja-
Now we can, and now we will. month for a multi-story car park in down
monthly basis to map out strategic plans for maican Farmers and Jamaicas Agricultural
The Denbigh Show schedule for August town Kingston as a park of our commitment
the JAS which includes the examination of sector.
5-7 is estimated to cost $100 million to stage to redevelop downtown Kingston.
the legal structure in an effort to reposition
but will generate over $1 billion for the Ja-

JAS taking proactive

steps to combat
rising temperatures
T he Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) says it is
taking a proactive approach to combatting the
high temperatures which Jamaica has been experi-
JAS President Norman Grant said the organi-
sation has not received complaints from farmers;
however, according to him, the situation is similar
to what was experienced during the drought in
As a result, he said the measures with which
the JAS will be approaching the Ministry of Agri-
culture are similar to those proposed at that time.
Providing greater detail, he listed measures
such as fixing the irrigation issues, constructing a
mini-dam, institutionalising rain water harvesting,
as well as the distribution of tanks and the trucking
of water in the production areas of the agricultural
Grant said the Denbigh Show 2017 will also
be used to launch an education programme aimed
at paying special attention to "how we can engage
the farmers as it relates to training (and) efficient

Irrigation Seminar:
(-r) Shaun Baugh, Principal Director, Planning and Policy -
MICAF) Burrell Scarlett, General Manager - Evergrow and
Norman Grant, President - JAS at the recently held Ever-
grow and K Rain Irrigation Seminar to update farmers on
the latest technology as well as effort to enhance produc-

Eat what we grow

Grow what we eat
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sixty greenhouses for small farmers in our mining areas.

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The value of Organic Matter

Continued from June 2017 issue product is stable or lated to optimize and favour the species that are crobes will transform the insoluble inorganic
oil without or with critically low levels of unstable. If there is beneficial to plant growth, yield and quality elements supplied by chemical fertilizers into
compost have insufficient humus to posi- too much nitrogen and are unfavourable to plant pathogens. metabolites or easily assimilated nutrients.
tively influence run-off and erosion. Such soils in the feedstock, as Fortified or Bio-Augmented Organic Matter o Fortified Organic Matter will minimize
become less porous and limit air flow and oxy- the breakdown Fortified Organic Matter, a kind of Biological leaching and this will lead to a reduction in the
gen. Without oxygen in the soil oxygen- process advances Organic Fertilizer, is bio-augmented organic usage of inorganic fertilizers.
breathing microbes that help the roots extract the carbon reacts matter that acts as a soil conditioner while pro- o Produces huge cost benefits: cheaper com-
nutrients are less able to live and help the crop. with other elements viding the environment for storage and the re- pared to inorganic fertilizers; enhances the ef-
and become unsta- lease of plant nutrients. ficacy of inorganic fertilizers; improve crop
Is Compost Better Than Manure? ble. Manure has Biological organic fertilizers are sub- performance; and is safe as 99% of raw mate-
When organic matter breaks down, Nitrogen is more nitrogen than stances containing living microorganisms rial is plant waste.
released as ammonia (NH3). In the compost- carbon. The nitro- which promote plant growth by increasing the Serves as Soil Conditioner
ing process microbes convert the ammonia to gen in the manure supply or availability of primary nutrients to Enhances Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)
nitrites (NO2) and then into nitrates (NO3) By Dr. Hansel Beckford will react with car- the host plant. Various biological organic fer- Promotes Nitrogen Fixation and enhances
which are stable forms of nitrogen that is avail- Crop Physiologist bon in the soil in tilizers containing rhizobium, azotobacter and solubility of other elements
able to the crop as fertilizer. order to become azospirillium are used for soil and seed treat- Csists of natural enzymes and probiotics
The combination of microbes and humus stable and this leads to reduced soil structure ments. Biological organic fertilizers add nutri- Provides organic acids
polymers captures 95% of the available nitro- and loss of nitrogen. ents through the natural processes of nitrogen Minimizes fluctuations of soil temperature
gen in manure. Compost increases the popula- In non-organic or uncertified crop enter- fixation, solubilizing phosphorus and stimulat- Contains substantial amount of humus and
tion and variety of microbes in the soil that prises high production, productivity and yield ing plant growth through the synthesis of glomalin that provides soil with its structure
make nutrient cycles function. Nutrient cycling quality are best achieved through the judicious growth-promoting substances. and porosity
is natures way of recycling the residue from use of high quality compost in combination The science behind the use of bio-aug- Promotes Base Saturation and soil balancing
the previous crop or from waste into fertilizer with chemical fertilizers. The technique for mented organic matter is well established as effect, (soil pH)
for the next crop. producing quality organic matter is a complete, evidenced by global reported field observa-
When manure is used as fertilizer Nitro- systematic approach which is steeped in the tions. Its application is common, popular and Probable Negative
gen is released as ammonia (NH3). Only a philosophy of leveraging nature to work in the acceptable in commercial crop production sys- The main negative that may be associated
small portion of the ammonia is converted into natural manufacture of products for sustained tems throughout the world. with BOM is contamination by toxins. The
nitrites (NH2) and a large amount of the avail- production. As a general rule, most bio-augmented or- possibility of toxins in production is extremely
able nitrogen in the manure escapes into the air Composting is a microbially driven ganic matter (BOM) of plant material origin is low as by stringent selection the raw material
as ammonia and is lost as a fertilizer. process that first breaks down organic matter, similar in content and the difference, which is would not originate from toxic environments
then builds that material into humus. Compost statistically insignificant, is due to composition or is subjected to any contamination that may
Importance of is the stabilized and sanitized product of a syn- of the feedstock (C:N Ratio) and the popula- affect plant growth and development.
Organic Matter/Compost Quality chronized microbial and thermophilic decom- tion of microbes used. The manufacturing process in the produc-
Not all composts are equal. The quality of com- position of plant and animal feedstock tion of a consistent product (BOM) is simple
post is linked to the ratio of carbon to nitrogen followed by microbial polymerization or build- Benefits and reliable: natural aerobic decomposition of
of the raw material and the management of the up of humic substances and growth of a diverse The benefits of using BOM far outweigh any selected plant waste (the menu); pH balancing;
decomposition process. When compost is made beneficial microbial population. In compost probable negatives. addition of a wetting agent; and inoculation of
the ration of nitrogen to carbon (C:N Ratio) de- production the microbial environment can be The main observable positives are: beneficial microbes.
termines to a large extent whether the final manipulated by the aid of inoculants formu- Cost Benefit
o It is a superior product of total aerobic degra- Conclusion
dation of plant material that is produced by a While there is no attempt here to dilute the
biological preparation consisting of beneficial value of some inorganic fertilizer recommen-
microbes, enzymes, growth promoters, amino dations for crop production in Jamaica and to
and organic acids and functional compounds characterize its methodologies as traditional,
that enhance nutrient assimilation by plants. It there is the need for all of us to evaluate old
is much cheaper compared to chemical or in- practices and decisions with a view to oper-
organic fertilizers (if they possess such func- ate outside of the box. Guided by the science
tion qualities). of organic-based soil applications and empiri-
o Ability of the microbes to breakdown and cal facts, BOM is appropriate for immediate
transform chemical fertilizers to available and input in any growing programme. The question
assimilable forms, providing them to the plants that BOM has not been widely tested under
whenever required, minimizing the rate of nu- local cropping regimes has little credence, as
trient leaching. based on the substrate, (plant waste into or-
It can beneficially affect the chemistry of ganic matter) only insignificant differences are
inorganic fertilizers in soils, minimizing their expected among geographic locations in re-
degree of immobilization. The beneficial mi- spect of organic matter value to soil fertility.

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RADA - Extension Focus

CABI Plantwise Programme in Jamaica

P lantwise is a global programme,
led by the Centre for Agriculture
and Bioscience International (CABI)
a non profit inter-governmental de-
velopment and information organiza-
tion based in the United Kingdom.
Plantwise aims to increase food
security and improve rural liveli-
hoods by reducing crop losses. This
is achieved by establishing networks
of plant clinics, similar to those for
human health, where farmers can
find advice to manage and prevent
crop problems.
Agricultural extension staff, First cohort of 'TOT' Plant Doctors
trained as plant doctors, learn meth-

What is unique
ods to identify any problem on any
crop brought to the clinics, and pro-

about plant clinics?

vide appropriate recommendations
guided by the national and interna-
tional best practice standards. Plant clinics are a meeting place
Farmers receive help at plant where local plant health extension
clinics based on integrated pest man- officers, known as plant doctors,
agement, a sound and sustainable ap- help farmers struggling with plant
proach to pest control. They can pests and diseases.
increase yields and incomes, while They provide diagnoses and
protecting health. management advice for any prob-
Plant clinics are reinforced by the lem and any crop.
Plantwise Knowledge Bank, a gate- The plant clinics are not oper-
way to online and offline plant health ated by Plantwise, but our national
implementing partners.
Yallahs Agro Park Plant Clinic Plantwise provides training for
In Jamaica
plant doctors and connects them
Plant clinics provide a meeting place
with knowledge resources such as
for trained plant health advisors,
known as plant doctors, and the farm- the Plantwise Knowledge Bank and
ers they aim to serve. Plant clinics are national research centres who can
not operated by Plantwise, but rather provide diagnostic support.
by the local Rural Agricultural De-
velopment Authority (RADA) ex-
tension officers who we have been
trained by Plantwise in the relevant
techniques and skills to run a plant
The RADA experts provide diag-
nosis and advice on any problem and
any crop, and when they need addi-
tional help, Plantwise connects them
with new knowledge resources - like
factsheets, photosheets and Green
and Yellow Lists from the knoweldge
bank- and new links to national re-
search centres who can provide an-
Plant clinics are fora for sharing
knowledge about farming within
local communities- a gateway where Rural Agricultural
policy makers can collect important Development Authority
data to inform research and decision- Hope Gardens, Kingston 6
making, and where farmers can con- Tel: 876-977-1158-62
sult an objective advisor on how to Fax: 876-970-4660
protect and manage their crops. executive@rada.gov.jm
Cannabis Licensing Authority

receives 236 applications

T he Cannabis Licensing Authority
(CLA) has, to date, received 236 ap-
plications for licences since commencing
tles, but are desirous of participating in the
associated activities.
She reiterated the Governments com-
the process last year. mitment to developing a properly regulated
Chairperson, Hyacinth Lightbourne, marijuana industry in Jamaica, and urged
says five categories of licenses are issued interested persons to visit the CLAs web-
covering: cultivation, processing, trans- site at http://cla.org.jm for more informa-
portation, retail, and research and develop- tion.
ment. The Cannabis Licensing Authority is
She said that of the 236 applications, an agency of the Ministry of Industry,
two licences have been granted and 44 con- Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries,
ditionally approved, while pointing out that which was created in 2015 under the Dan-
none has, thus far, been issued. gerous Drug (Amendment) Act, to estab-
Lightbourne pointed out that the li- lish and regulate Jamaicas legal marijuana
censing process takes an average of six and hemp industry.
months during which the requisite checks The Authoritys mandate includes:
and balances are conducted to ensure the formulating regulations to guide the indus-
applicants adherence to the stipulations. trys orderly development and facilitate the
If a person has been granted a license but use of the plants and their by-products for
has either not yet paid the security bond or medical, therapeutic and scientific pur-
the fees, the licence is not issued. So, for poses; ensuring that industry regulations
those two applicants, that is currently what and activities are consistent with Jamaicas
we are waiting on, she explained. international obligations; and issuing li-
She was speaking during a session on cences, permits and authorisation for han-
medical marijuana at the Jamaica 55 Dias- dling of hemp and marijuana.
pora Conference on Tuesday (July 25) at The Authority operates a Licensing
the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown and Applications Division as well as an En-
Kingston. forcement and Monitoring Division. Both
In the meantime, Ms. Lightbourne are mandated to ensure that applications
said the CLA has been working with the are appropriately reviewed and licenses is-
National Land Agency (NLA) and Land sued to qualified applicants, and that li-
Administration and Management Pro- censees are held accountable in accordance
gramme (LAMP) to facilitate persons with with the stipulated terms and conditions.
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Managing the Frosty Pod Rot disease in Jamaica

I n August 2016, the Cocoa Industry Board received information of unusual high
incidences of fungal disease affecting pods in cocoa orchards in the parish of
Clarendon. Dr. Lisa Myers, Director at Bodles Research Station was first con-
tacted, and she contacted the Plant Health Co-ordinating Committee. That team
swiftly visited fields in affected areas of Clarendon and subsequently report sus-
pected cases of Frosty Pod Rot (FRP) which was later confirmed internationally.
An absent/present survey was conducted in the Cocoa growing areas of Jamaica
and the following parishes were confirmed to have the disease: Clarendon (810
hectares), St. Catherine (25 hectares), St. Andrew (21 hectares) and St. Mary (13
The Government of Jamaica set up a
Frosty Pod Project within the Cocoa In-
dustry Board to effectively manage FPR
disease in a systematic manner, to contain
and control the disease, thereby preventing
further spread of the disease to other cocoa
growing parishes where the disease is not
yet present.
This project is implemented with tech-
nical support from the Plant Quarantine
Unit, Research & Development (Bodles),
RADA Extension Officers and Inter-Amer-
ican Institute for cooperation on Agricul-
ture (IICA).

The first step in the management and con- Cocoa affected by Frosty Pod Rot under heavily shaded conditions
trol of FPR disease is to as best as possible
sensitize Farmers, Higglers, Field workers
and the Communities in which the infec-
tion is present about identification and con-
trol procedures.
The disease being a fungus is transmit- BY CLINTON SMITH
ted mainly by wind, birds, animals, Frosty Pod Project Coordinator
splashes of rain and most importantly hu- Cocoa Industry Board
mans. Humans are responsible for the
3. Spraying Use motorized sprayers to
transmission of the disease over large geo-
apply the recommended fungicide (copper
graphic areas (northern parishes to eastern
base) thoroughly ensuring that young pods
parishes) as spores are lodged to clothing,
and cherelles received good coverage.
vehicles, tools and machinery when oper-
ating in infected areas.
4. Prune- Reduce excessive shade and low
tangled branches allowing for free air cir-
An appreciation for good sanitation
culation and sunlight to dry out the damp
practices cannot be over stated.
Identification of 5. Culling Check and monitor regularly
Frosty Pod Disease: to ensure that the field remain free disease.
1. Early symptoms young pods (cherelles) Pods suspected of carrying the disease
becomes rough looking and disfigured. should be removed and buried before
2. Pods developed a creamy, white pow- sporulation.
dery fungus which quickly spread all over.
3. A broken ripe pod will display fused Some Dos and
beans with no mucilage or air spaces
donts are as follow:
4. Pods become mummified and shrinked.
1. Do Not remove pods from the field
under any circumstance (unless they are
Frosty Pod certified disease free). During reaping pods
Management Protocol must opened to remove beans and properly
Once the disease is positively identified on composed on spot.
a farm, the approved Frosty Pod Manage-
ment Protocol must be implemented as a 2. Do proper cleaning and sanitation pro-
matter of national importance: cedures after working in an infected field
to remove unseen spores.
1.Stripping (1st cycle) Remove all fruits
(young, mature & dry) from the tree, leav- 3. Do Not move or allow animals to move
ing only leaves and branches. Fruits re- from infected field to an uninfected one.
moved are to be carefully buried or
composted. 4. Do report any suspected cases of Frosty
Pod Diseases to the Cocoa Industry Board
2. Stripping (2nd cycle) Remove all pods Frosty Pod Control Desk (499-2117)
and cherelles that reappear 2-3 months
after the first stripping (in moderate to se- 5. Look out for notices and bulletins and
vere cases) follow strictly the Frosty Pod Management
Strategies for a healthy diet

1. Eat enough calories but not 11. Take time to chew your
too many. Maintain a balance be- food: Chew your food slowly, sa- 14. Eating just enough to satisfy
tween your calorie intake and voring every bite. We tend to rush your hunger will help you re-
calorie expenditurethat is, through our meals, forgetting to main alert, relaxed and feeling
dont eat more food than your actually taste the flavours and feel your best, rather than stuffing
body uses. The average recom- the textures of what is in our yourself into a food coma!
mended daily allowance is 2,000 mouths. Reconnect with the joy
calories, but this depends on your of eating. 1.5. Eat early, eat often: Starting
age, sex, height, weight and phys- your day with a healthy breakfast
ical activity. 12. Avoid stress while eating: can jumpstart your metabolism,
When we are stressed, our diges- and eating the majority of your
2. Eat a wide variety of foods. tion can be compromised, causing daily caloric allotment early in
Healthy eating is an opportunity problems like colitis and heart- the day gives your body time to
to expand your range of choices burn. Avoid eating while work- work those calories off. Also, eat-
by trying foodsespecially veg- ing, driving, arguing or watching ing small, healthy meals through-
etables, whole grains or fruits TV. out the day, rather than the
that you dont normally eat. standard three large meals, can
13. Listen to your body: Ask help keep your metabolism going
3. Keep portions moderate, es- yourself if you are really hungry, and ward off snack attacks.
pecially high-calorie foods. In and stop eating when you feel
recent years serving sizes have full. It actually takes a few min-
ballooned, particularly in restau- 7. Dont be the food police. You utes for your brain to tell your
rants. Choose a starter instead of can enjoy your favourite sweets body that it has had enough food,
an entre, split a dish with a and fried foods in moderation, as so eat slowly.
friend and dont order supersized long as they are an occasional
anything. part of your overall healthy diet.
Food is a great source of pleasure,
4. Eat plenty of fruits, vegeta- and pleasure is good for the heart
bles, grains, and legumes even if those French fries
arent! The
Th Tropical

foods high in complex
carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins,
and minerals, low in fat and free 8. Get moving. A healthy diet
of cholesterol. Try to get fresh, improves your energy and feel-
local produce. ings of well-being while reducing
your risk of many diseases.
5. Drink more water. Our bodies Adding regular physical activity
are about 75% water. It is a vital and exercise will make any
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part of a healthy diet. Water helps healthy eating plan work even
flush our systems, especially the better.
kidneys and bladder of waste
products and toxins. A majority of 9. One step at a time. Establish-
Americans go through life dehy- ing new food habits is much eas-
drated. ier if you focus on and take action
on one food group or food fact at
6. Limit sugary foods, salt, and a time
refined grain products. Sugar is
added to a vast array of foods. In 10. Eating smart: A key step to-
a year, just one daily 12-ounce wards healthy eating. Healthy
can of soda (160 calories) can in- eating begins with learning how
crease your weight by 16 pounds. to eat smart. Its not just what
See suggestions below for limit- you eat, but how you eat. Paying
ing salt and substituting whole attention to what you eat and
grains for refined grains. choosing foods that are both
nourishing and enjoyable helps

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Forest Conservator proud of her journey

By Dr Denise Dennis working in technical fields. room for them to move up, she
n 1996, Marilyn Headley made Over the course of eight years, points out.
history by becoming the first fe- she served as civil culturist, re- Bolstered by her love for the
male Conservator of Forests in Ja- search officer and senior research outdoors, an innate passion for
maica and the Commonwealth. officer at the agency. forests and a deep appreciation for
They used to say, you dont Still, she was eager for more the sectors value to the environ-
look like a forester; so I would al- opportunities to grow profession- ment, Ms. Headley has led the De-
ways say, how is a forester sup- ally, and moved to the Jamaica Na- partment for 21 years, seeing it
posed to look? she relates to JIS tional Investment Promotions through many changes, most no-
News. Limited (now Jamaica Promotions tably its transition to an executive
The appointment as head of Corporation), where she worked as agency in 2007.
the Forestry Department all the an Agricultural Marketing Officer. She was appointed Chief Ex-
more meaningful, as she was re- That agency transferred her to ecutive Officer and reinstated as
turning to the agency, which kick- its Miami office, where, for eight Conservator of Forests following
started her career would set the years, she would work as the Agri- the shift, which she describes as an
forest sector on its current path to cultural Officer for the North achievement of which she is partic-
being foremost in the countrys American region. ularly proud.
drive towards sustained growth and Upon her return to the Forestry She is also happy to have been
development. Department in 1996, however, she able to bring the forest sector to the
Her appointment might also was disappointed to find that the fe- forefront of public awareness,
have served as a catalyst for the ad- male-to-male ratio had not seen which she hopes will foster greater
dition of more female technical much improvement over the years.
The gender gap would, however,
MARILYN HEADLEY recognition of the importance of
forests in mitigating climate
staff at the traditionally male-dom-
begin to improve, following Ms. Jamaican Conservator of Forests change, protecting the countrys in-
inated Department.
Being a female in the Headleys appointment as Conser- frastructure from flooding and to
Forestry Department had always vator. This, she says, was due in I am not going to hire you Ms. Headley tells JIS News overall safeguard the environment.
been like who are you and what do part to a Canadian-funded Trees just because you are female, but if that some 40 per cent of technical It was in the 2000s that she in-
you know, Ms. Headley says in for Tomorrow project, which had a you are qualified, gender should positions at the Department are troduced the community participa-
an interview with JIS News. module focused on how gender was not hinder you from being consid- now filled by women, up from 1.5 tion initiative, where foresters were
Recalling her first stint at the reflected at the organisation. ered, she points out. per cent in the 1990s. She notes that encouraged to get persons involved
Department in 1976, when she took The Conservator makes it With the number of women several members of the senior man- in protecting the resource. Getting
a job as an Assistant to the then clear that while she made no direct leaving universities qualified in agement team are also female. people involved, getting the stake-
Deputy Director, having just com- effort to bring in more females, she technical areas increasing, she is That is what I call improve- holders to meet, getting the views
pleted her degree in Agriculture at made sure qualified women were proud to note that the female cohort ment, in that everybody can now of the public all this was new to
the University of the West Indies, equally considered for technical po- at the Forestry Department also in- feel like they too can be a Conser- the Forestry Department, she
St. Augustine, Ms. Headley says sitions as men. creased exponentially. vator. It is important for people to points out.
there were, at most, three females feel that when they come in, there is
Americas Agricultural Success:

A Well-Kept Secret?
By Judy Woodruff during perhaps the countrys

The Bank is
mid all the worry about how worst housing crisis ever. The
long it will take the eco- homes they helped find mortgage

a Cooperative
nomic recovery to kick into high backing for are principally in rural
gear, theres a little-noticed sector areas. Secretary Vilsack explained
thats doing very well, thank you: its our mission to do this; weve

of an economic
American agriculture. Over- been working hard to improve the
looked by many of us in the news quality of life for people living in

and social
media, probably in part because rural areas. Under that same
we spend most of our time in big heading, he threw in the assis-
cities, farm sector earnings hit a tance the department has provided

nature, its
record last year, with farm income for school construction, for small
rising just above $100 billion. overseas trade generates 8,400 extensive supply chain including business (almost 50,000 loans)
I sat down with U.S. Secre- jobs in this country?) storage, transport, and equipment and for the expansion of broad-

tary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack a The question is WHY is agri- manufacturing. Farmers are buy- band in rural areas some
few days ago to get an update on culture doing so well? Vilsack, ing lots of new machinery, like 80,000 miles-worth.

what his huge (90,000 employees) whose grandfather owned a farm, large tractors with sophisticated Finally, food stamps: a sensi-
department is up to, and came says back in 1975, the most pro- GPS systems, leading to new hir- tive topic on the presidential cam-
away surprised by the successes ductive farmers planted an aver- ing on the part of companies like paign trail this year, as former
in the American agri-economy. age of 12,000 seeds per acre. John Deere, which recently added House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Much of this is being driven by Today, thanks to science, its 250 people at a plant in Ankeny, has referred to President Obama

- To receive the savings

farm exports, which reached a closer to 30,000. After informa- Iowa, that manufactures cotton as the food stamp president.
record high last year and as tion technology, agriculture is the pickers. Run by USDA, its real name is
Vilsack, a former Governor of second most productive sector of There are many more facets the Supplemental Nutrition Assis-
of its members and
invest them for profit.
Iowa, likes to point out, helped the economy. to the success story, but two bright tance Program, or SNAP. Vilsack
support 1.15 million jobs here in Farm unemployment is drop- spots in particular stand out at this reminded me that while there was
the United States. ping at a faster rate than the rest wide-ranging federal department: a substantial increase in demand
- To grant credit to
its owners.
These exports contributed to of the job specialties because of housing and food assistance. The for SNAP benefits in the wake of
an overall U.S. trade surplus that this, and because of what Vilsack U.S. Department of Agriculture the economic downturn, only 8
also hit a record in 2011. (Did you calls an extraordinary investment helped arrange 456,000 home percent of recipients are on wel-
know that every $1 billion in in infrastructure. He describes an loans over the past three years, fare.

US farm equipment maker looking to Africa for future growth

The People's Cooperative Bank

movement spans over 107 years.

Agcos Future Farms re-
sponsibilities is to teach as-
piring tractor technicians Our Management, Volunteers,
Partners and staff are commit-
how to service Agco-dis-

ted to the task of 'Building

tributed tractors. US-based
agricultural equipment
manufacturer and supplier Communities, by Ensuring
the Growth and Development
Agco is directing a large

of our Members"
portion of its future growth
potential into Africa, espe-
cially South Africa, as a key
market going forward. Agco
corporation Asia-Pacific
and Africa senior VP Gary
Collar tells Engineering
News the company is build-
ing infrastructurea re-
gional headquarters in
Kempton Park, Gauteng
and is considering the
building of an assembly
plant near the coast the lo-
cation of which is yet to be
determined to leverage ex-
panding market potential in

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fat and high-fructose (HFFD)-induced in- unclear. more acceptable alternative to medicine
sulin resistance and cognitive impairment. "Green tea is the second most consumed when it comes to combatting obesity, insulin
beverage in the world after water, and is resistance, and memory impairment."
FAO supports Jamaicas efforts to revive ginger sector

Close to 100 trained under value chain programme

supports Jamaicas efforts to re-

By Shanoy Coombs
Communication Consultant vive ginger contd a value chain
Shanoy.coombs@fao.org analysis and upgrading strategy
ver the past six (6) months, planning exercise, the develop-
the Food and Agriculture Or- ment of clean planting material
ganization of the United Nations and the current plant propagation
(FAO) has provided technical component which is well under-
support to the development of a way at the Bodles research sta-
ginger value chain in Jamaica. tion. There are also plans to
The programme, which is a col- renovate existing greenhouses to
laboration with the Government further support the growth of a
of Jamaica (GOJ) seeks to revive more robust ginger value chain
the countrys ginger sector by im- sector.
proving ginger production and In considering the prospects
looking into secondary ginger for the Jamaican Ginger Value
products for local and interna- chain programme, FAO has refer-
tional consumption. enced experiences from other
This process applies a public countries such as Fiji, Costa Rica,
private partnership approach and and Thailand. The pineapple
supports Jamaicas economic value chain in Dominica and Irish
growth strategy which high- potato value chain in Jamaica
lighted ginger as one of several A ginger farmer in the field
have also been noted as success-
crops considered to have high po- ful approaches to value chain de-
tential for contributing to com- velopment.
mercial development. When fully implemented, the
Under the current pro- GOJ/FAO ginger value chain pro-
gramme, close to 100 farmers and gramme is expected to help to im-
public and private sector partners prove ginger production, tap into
have been trained during a series existing market opportunities for
of stakeholder consultations from ginger farmers and new ginger
January to June 2017. These ses- products, and increase opportuni-
sions have been focused on main- ties/innovations for agro-proces-
streaming the value chain sors.

Long Pond
process, which includes all actors
(farmers, buyers, processors) in-

distillery back
volved from farm to fork.
Via the technical input of

in Operation
FAO, consultants Martin Raine

and Cordia Thompson have com-
pleted field research, led training
and development sessions and fa- fter being closed for four
cilitated stakeholder feedback years, Long Pond Distillery
around the strategic findings and Limited, located in Clarks Town,
the proposed future strategy for Trelawny, has resumed operations.
Jamaicas Ginger sector. Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor
According to the consultants, Colin Gager, said the reopening of
the interventions to date are im- the 264-year old distillery is wel-
portant inputs into the govern- comed, and is important for the
economic viability of the parish.
ments strategy to revive the
Mayor Gager was represent-
ginger sector. The Ministry of FAO Consultant, Martin Raine displays Jamaican grown ginger
ing the Minister of Industry, Com-
Industry, Commerce, Agriculture merce, Agriculture and Fisheries,
and Fisheries has made honest ef- Hon. Karl Samuda, at the official
fort to work with the private sec- recommissioning ceremony on
tor stakeholders to revive the July 26.
ginger sector. This sort of collab- He expressed the Govern-
oration is what the value chain ments support and commitment to
approach is about to get all stake- the operation of the facility. The
holders involved and to go be- Long Pond Distillery has a long
yond a single ministry approach and rich history dating back to
they indicated. 1753, and was closed in 2012 due
They also noted that the to waste disposal issues.
measures to date are aimed to- Chief Executive Officer of
wards the creation of the ginger National Rums of Jamaica, Win-
ston Harrison, said 22 residents
value chain committee which will
from Clarks Town are employed at
be steeped in public and private
the distillery.
sector partnership. He noted that the company is
While this Ginger value currently in the process of com-
chain committee is expected to be pleting several orders for Europe,
established by the end of 2017, including for long-standing cus-
several project activities have tomers in Germany. Harrison said
been completed and initiated to the distillery is a historical land-
date, including: awareness and mark in Trelawny, producing rums
training courses in the value chain for some of the finest and
approach and how to institution- renowned brands worldwide over
alise it within the Ministry, FAO Clean ginger material the past two and a half centuries.