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13 December 2019

Plant Quarantine Branch phone lines down

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 13 Dec 2019    communications   
The Plant Quarantine and Produce Inspection Branch of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is advising members of the public that its phone lines are down due to technical issues. The Branch, which is responsible for ensuring that all exotic pests and diseases are kept out of the island, is also advising that all queries to the Branch be sent via email to or until further notice.

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Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (centre), addressing the quarterly press briefing on Thursday (December 5), at the Ministry's Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew. He is flanked by Minister without Portfolio, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson (right); and Permanent Secretary, Dermon Spence.

Gov’t To Provide Healthier Meals For Students

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 13 Dec 2019    communications   
Students will be provided with healthier meal options under the National School Feeding Programme come September next year. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, said that more local ground provisions and fruits will be made available to schools as opposed to cheaper alternatives, which are often high in sugar content. “Come September of next year, it is our plan, working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the Ministry of Health and Wellness and with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...

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Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, addresses Thursday’s (December 5) launch of Caribbean Assurance Brokers Limited (CAB) loyalty programme, at Silver Star Motors Limited Mercedes-Benz showroom, on South Camp Road in Kingston.

Minister Says Insurance Industry Vital To Economy

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 13 Dec 2019    communications   
Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the insurance industry represents an “excellent avenue” for economic growth in Jamaica. “It is a well-developed industry in terms of international standards and contribution to gross domestic product, which accounts for some 11.5 per cent of the country’s financial assets,” the Minister added. He was speaking at the launch of Caribbean Assurance Brokers Limited (CAB) loyalty programme, at the Mercedes-Benz Jamaica Showroom at Silver Star Motors Limited, South Camp Road, Kingston, on Thursday (December 5). The...

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Marketing and Distribution Manager for Irie Lyfe, Barbara “Nzinga” Philbert-Allen (right), and daughter, Akilah Afrika Allen, with products on display during a Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) expo at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, earlier this year.

Irie Lyfe Creates Value-Added Products From Honey

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 13 Dec 2019    communications   
The versatility of honey, one of the most popular and widely used natural sweeteners, has been manifested in the range of value-added products manufactured by the St. Thomas-based entity, Irie Lyfe. The business, which Jamaican entrepreneurs, Brian Allen, and wife, Barbara Philbert Allen, operate out of the pristine community of Airy Castle, manufactures, retails and distributes body and haircare products, condiments, and mosquito repellents for the local and regional markets. Mrs. Allen, who met her husband while both were living in Canada, tells JIS News that Irie Lyfe evolved from the...

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Entrepreneur, Lisa Davis, displays her range of products at a Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) expo earlier this year.

Entrepreneur Creates Colouring Book For Girls Of Colour

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 13 Dec 2019    communications   
Entrepreneur Lisa Davis was in search of a colouring book for her daughter that featured black characters, and was disappointed when she could not find any at the stores she visited. It was then that she decided to not only create her own colouring book but also a line of dolls and other products for girls of colour under her company ‘The Craft Ppl’. “Representation matters, and in Jamaica, we have a lot of imported books and they’re not necessarily geared towards our people, especially girls of colour. So when I was looking around and trying to buy one for my daughter, I was not seeing her...

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Communications Specialist at the Consumer Affairs Commission, Dorothy Campbell, addresses a JIS ‘Think Tank’.

CAC Encourages Consumers To Be Aware Of Their Basic Rights

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 13 Dec 2019    communications   
The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging shoppers to understand and be aware of their basic rights while conducting their business during the Yuletide season. Communications Specialist at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, tells JIS News that it is very important for consumers to understand that within their own transactions, whether small or large, they have specific rights. “If, for instance, they have a dispute with a vendor, they have a right to be heard, not to be boisterous and not to be obnoxious, but a right to be heard… to state clearly what is wrong with the transaction and what...

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Welcome to the official website of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has been charged with the responsibility of driving the integration of the production of primary agricultural produce along all the stages of the supply chain through to value added and facilitating full commercialization of outputs of the agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors.

We have, therefore, placed much energy and enthusiasm into the development of this website to provide timely information on the Ministry, our agencies and programmes.


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