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December 2019
 

20 December 2019

General Manager of the Banana Board, Janet Conie.

Banana Board On Alert For Threat Of TR4 Disease

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 20 Dec 2019    communications   
General Manager of the Banana Board, Janet Conie, says the organisation is intensifying collaborative efforts with local, regional and international stakeholders against the potential threat of the Tropical Race 4 Disease (TR4). Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Studio 58A session, Mrs. Conie said that given the impact that TR4 can have on the banana industry, the Banana Board and Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) are on high alert. “It can stay in the soil for up to 30 years, so it is a very devastating disease. We are trying to alert...


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Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, addresses a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Friday (December 13).

More than 7,000 Persons from 98 Countries Have Utilised Trade Information Portal

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 20 Dec 2019    communications   
More than 7,000 persons from 98 countries have utilised the Jamaica Trade Information Portal (JTIP) since its launch in May this year. Stakeholders in Jamaica accounted for 49 per cent usage followed by the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom (UK). Managed by the Trade Board Limited (TBL), JTIP is a single, authoritative source for trade information relating to import-export regulations, requirements and processes, which businesses can easily access at any time. It includes information on standards, tariffs, fees, levies and applicable penalties; various authorisations;...


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Workers plant hemp at Organic Growth Holdings Incorporated’s craft medicinal hemp farm at Long Pond Estate in Trelawny.

Residents Welcome Organic Growth Holdings’ Investment In Trelawny

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 20 Dec 2019    communications   
Several residents of Trelawny have welcomed the employment opportunities afforded them by Organic Growth Holdings (OGH) Incorporated’s craft medicinal hemp farm at Long Pond Estate in the parish. At least 30 residents from the communities of Jackson Town, Clarks Town and Duncans have been employed by OGH since the entity was granted a lease for the 635-acre property in June this year. The company, which trades locally as OGH Grow Jamaica, will utilise the hemp in the manufacture of a number of organic wellness products. Craft medicinal hemp is the meticulous process of growing premium hemp...


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Trade Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the Trade Board Limited (TBL), Douglas Webster, makes a point during a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank session on December 13.

Jamaica Trade Information Portal Being Expanded

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 20 Dec 2019    communications   
The Trade Board Limited (TBL) is looking to expand the scope of the Jamaica Trade Information Portal (JTIP) by adding trade in services to the goods category. Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank session at the Agency’s head office in Kingston, Trade Administrator and TBL Chief Executive Officer, Douglas Webster, said the proposed move is primarily consequent on the service industry accounting for some 72 per cent of Jamaica’s gross domestic product (GDP). “As currently constructed and operated, JTIP treats only with trade in goods. We want it to transcend that...


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Information Technology Manager at the Consumer Affairs Commission Andrew Evelyn speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank

10 Tips for a Safer Online Shopping Experience

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 20 Dec 2019    communications   
Online shopping is convenient, in that you can shop around, find the best prices, and have your packages delivered right to your doorstep without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home. But getting a great deal online involves more than just getting the lowest price. You'll want to be sure that products arrive on time, that quality is what you expected, that items include a proper warranty, and that there is a way for you to return products or get support with any questions or issues you have. Apply these tips to improve the security of your shopping experience. https://www...


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Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), Dolsie Allen, emphasises a point at a recent JIS Think Tank.

Consumers Advised To Create A Budget

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 20 Dec 2019    communications   
Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) Chief Executive Officer, Dolsie Allen, is encouraging consumers to create a budget ahead of shopping during the holiday season. Planning a budget will keep consumers from racking up debt, as they are able to decide in advance how much money they have to spend and then stick to their limit. Mrs. Allen, who was addressing a recent JIS Think Tank, noted that Christmas is an exciting time for consumers, “as there are so many new products on the market, but persons must make responsible decisions so that you won’t have many regrets after purchasing”. “You must be...


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National Praedial Larceny Prevention Officer, Praedial Larceny Prevention Coordination Unit (PLPCU), Sergeant Bruce Williams.

Farmers Urged To Take Precautions Against Praedial Larceny

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 20 Dec 2019    communications   
National Praedial Larceny Prevention Officer in the Praedial Larceny Prevention Coordination Unit (PLPCU), Sergeant Bruce Williams, is encouraging farmers to take the necessary precautions against farm theft during the festive season. Sergeant Williams, who was speaking to JIS News during a recent interview, said that the incidence of praedial larceny tends to increase during the months of December and January. In providing tips on how farmers can protect themselves and their properties, Sergeant Williams said that they should first ensure that they are registered with the Rural Agricultural...


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Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson (centre), presents farmer Keisha Vassel (right) with a certificate of completion, at a graduation ceremony at the Church of God of Prophecy on Old Harbour Road in St. Catherine on December 18. At left is Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney.

400 farmers benefit from training to improve technical skills and livelihood

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 20 Dec 2019    communications   
Four hundred farmers were presented with certificates of completion on Wednesday (December 18), after an eight-month capacity building training programme geared at improving their technical skills, livelihood and overall earning potential. The training programme was facilitated under the ninth cycle of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), which is aimed at contributing to the improvement in the living conditions of poor and vulnerable communities. It is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the tune of US$8.9...


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Minister without Portfolio in the Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson (centre), cuts a ribbon to symbolically open Marl Road in St. Elizabeth on December 19. Mr. Hutchinson is joined by Member of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth Evon Redman (left) and Chief Executive Officer, Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Peter Thompson. The road opening is part of the National Farm Road Rehabilitation Programme, established by the Ministry and implemented by the RADA for the rehabilitation of roadways so that farmers and marketers have easy access to purchase and transport produce.

January 2020 deadline set for submission of requests for repairs of farm roads

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 20 Dec 2019    communications   
A deadline of mid-January 2020 has been set for requests to be submitted for repairs of farm roads. The announcement was made by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, at the opening of two farm roads, Marl Road in Balaclava and the other in Castleton, St. Elizabeth on December 19. The introduction of the requirement for submission of requests forms is among the measures being undertaken to ensure accountability and transparency in the rehabilitation of roadways under the National Farm Road Rehabilitation Programme...


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The Ministry

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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