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January 2020
 

31 January 2020

Hon Audley Shaw (4th right), Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, breaks ground for construction of the $109-million Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA)Hanover Parish Office along with (from left) Kelvin Hill, contractor of Morris Hill Ltd; Nigel Myrie, Chairman, RADA National Board; Hon J.C. Hutchinson, Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Dave Brown, Member of Parliament for Eastern Hanover; Devon Brown, Chairman, RADA Hanover Parish Board; Member of Parliament Hanover Western, Ian Hayles; and Winston Simpson, Principal Director for Field Services & Operations, RADA, on January 29, 2020 at Haughton Court in Hanover.

Shaw breaks ground for new RADA Hanover office building

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 31 Jan 2020    communications   
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon Audley Shaw, broke ground for construction of a $109-million single storey building to house the Rural Agricultural Development Authority’s (RADA) Hanover Parish Office in Haughton Court on January 29, 2020. The new facility will replace the old dilapidated building, which was demolished in 2017, and will enable improved operations for staff, and an extension of the services offered to the over 7,400 farmers in the parish. The second-largest producer of turmeric, a crop with increasing demand both locally and internationally,...


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Trade Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the Trade Board Limited (TBL), Douglas Webster.

Trade Board Resumes Bimonthly Meetings With Customs Brokers

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 31 Jan 2020    communications   
Chief Executive Officer of the Trade Board Limited, Douglas Webster, says the recently reinstated bimonthly meetings with the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica is a part of the Trade Board’s efforts to improve responsiveness to issues while conducting trade. Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Webster noted that the significant increase in the number of vehicles being imported resulted in a backlog last year. “Essentially, there has been a surge in the volume of imports, particularly motor vehicles, and, within that category, in the sub-category of used motor vehicles...


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Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, displays his custom-made bag from local small business, Bresheh, which is now a part of the Jamaica Promotions Corporation's (JAMPRO) Export Max Programme. Mr . Green was addressing the closing exercise of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation’s (JBDC) Design Fusion Programme, at the agency's Incubator and Resource Centre in Kingston on Wednesday (January 29).

Gov’t To Expand Business Incubator Services This Year

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 31 Jan 2020    communications   
Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Government will be expanding incubator spaces for the small business sector this year. “We have to bring these [services] closer to the people. I have already tasked the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) team to work with the Factories Corporation of Jamaica. We have identified some possible spaces in rural Jamaica, and this year, we will definitely expand our incubator cohort,” he added. The State Minister was addressing the closing ceremony for the JBDC’s Design...


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Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, addressing the opening of the rehabilitated Dragoon to Flagstaff road in St. James on Wednesday (January 22). The Minister also opened the Prosper to Tangle River roadways on the day.

Agriculture Ministry Beefing Up Praedial Larceny Unit

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 31 Jan 2020    communications   
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, is beefing up the praedial larceny unit in order to enhance its effectiveness in curtailing agricultural theft across the island. Minister without Portfolio, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said that the Ministry will be enlisting the services of 30 district constables, who “will be in and around the farming communities to monitor what is taking place”. “One of the things we find is that the police are not able to get around to identify the thieves, but when you have somebody (district constable) in your area, he knows the goat thieves, the...


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Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce , Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, addresses stakeholders at the official launch of the 65th staging of the Hague Agricultural and Industrial Show, which was held on Wednesday (January 22), at the Hague Showground in Trelawny.

Praedial Larceny Unit To Be Strengthened This Year

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 31 Jan 2020    communications   
Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says the Praedial Larceny Unit in the Ministry will be strengthened this year. Mr. Green was addressing the official launch of the 65th staging of the Hague Agricultural and Industrial Show on Wednesday (January 22) at the Hague Showground in Trelawny. “This is one of our priorities for 2020 – to provide more support for our Praedial Larceny Unit. We are now looking to see how we can bring in at least 30 district constables to be put across the island to focus solely on praedial larceny,” the...


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Sandy Bank Primary School student, Aziza Hill (podium), leads her team in debate against Parotee Primary School in Round 1 of the inaugural South West Primary School Debate Competition at the Black River Parish Library in St. Elizabeth on Thursday, January 23.

South West Primary School Debate Competition Launched

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 31 Jan 2020    communications   
The inaugural South West Primary School Debate Competition, organised by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and the Social Development Commission (SDC), got under way on Thursday (January 23) at the Black River Parish Library. A total of 12 schools competed in knockout matches in Round 1, with six teams advancing to Round 2, which will be held on January 30 at the same venue. The six institutions are Black River Primary, Black River Preparatory, Parotee Primary, Pondside Primary, Mountainside Primary and Pedro Plains Primary. The schools debated topics related to...


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Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce , Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, addresses stakeholders at the official launch of the 65th staging of the Hague Agricultural and Industrial Show, which was held on Wednesday (January 22), at the Hague Showground in Trelawny.

Company To Invest US$280 Million In Bamboo Farm

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 31 Jan 2020    communications   
Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says a company is set to invest US$280 million in the development of a bamboo farm in Trelawny. Mr. Green made the disclosure at the official launch of the 65th staging of the Hague Agricultural and Industrial Show, on Wednesday (January 22), at the Hague Showground in Trelawny. The State Minister pointed out that the bamboo farm will be located on about 2,000 acres of land. “A brand-new Jamaican company is coming to [the sector] that will help us, especially in relation to our...


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Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange (second left), in conversation with (from left) Ambassador of Belgium to Jamaica, His Excellency Hugo Verbist; winner of the inaugural 2019 European Union (EU) Jamaica Short Film competition, Deron Douglas; Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Cayman Islands, Her Excellency Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska; and Film Commissioner, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson. Occasion was the 2019 EU Short Film Competition awards ceremony, held recently at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), in Kingston.

Local Film Industry Contributes $2.5 Billion To GDP

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 31 Jan 2020    communications   
Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the local film industry contributed $2.5 billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) during the 2018/19 fiscal year. In an interview with JIS News, Ms. Robinson said the film industry has grown exponentially, and that the last few years have been “transformative for the film industry in Jamaica and for the cultural economy as a whole”. She noted that over the last few years, approximately 150 international productions have been done in the island annually, ranging from music video shoots to large-...


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Director of Special Projects at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Gladstone Rose (at podium), addresses a recent bamboo seminar held at the agency’s Winchester Road offices in St. Andrew. At left is researcher, Veronica Gayle-Ramsey.

BSJ Gets Money From NHT To Develop Bamboo Houses

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 31 Jan 2020    communications   
The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) will shortly commence the development of affordable houses utilising bamboo, from a $54-million donation by the National Housing Trust (NHT). According to Director of Special Projects at the BSJ, Gladstone Rose, the project will get under way in February, with demonstration units being placed at various NHT sites, for the construction sector to have first-hand view of the houses. “We expect that this is going to reduce the cost of housing. We hope that enough people will invest in this, and Jamaicans will buy the houses, because they are more affordable...


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