Dr. Tufton Gives Update on Jamaica’s Agricultural Sector

first_imgDr. Tufton Gives Update on Jamaica’s Agricultural Sector AgricultureAugust 16, 2010 RelatedDr. Tufton Gives Update on Jamaica’s Agricultural Sector FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, has said that Jamaica can reduce by as much as 30 per cent, its food import bill, if a number of initiatives are put in place.The Minister was speaking with his Canadian counterpart, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Hon. Gerry Ritz, recently in Ottawa, Canada.Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton (left) greets Associate Vice-President in the Policy and Programs Branch of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Paul Mayers, in Ottawa, Canada, recently.In giving Mr. Ritz an overview of the Jamaican agricultural sector, Dr. Tufton said that Jamaica had several excellent commodities that needed to be developed. He included Blue Mountain coffee, Jamaican cocoa, and Jamaican ginger, which has been found to be nine times more potent than the next best ginger in the world.Dr. Tufton said that, as a small country, Jamaica could not compete if cost of production was the determining factor. However, he said that the country was seeking to establish partnerships, in a number of areas, which would assist. He cited the strides Canada has made in genetics, especially in beef, pork and chicken, as examples.The meeting took place in Mr. Ritz’s office. It was also attended by Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Her Excellency Sheila Sealy Monteith, as well as the Permanent Secretary in Jamaica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry; Chief Technical Director, Dr. Marc Panton; and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Agriculture, Dr. Derrick Deslandes.In a subsequent meeting with representatives of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Dr. Tufton reiterated the need to improve Jamaica’s ability to trace its food from “farm to plate”, requesting technical assistance from Canada to install a multi-purpose abattoir and to upgrade existing ones.Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton (second right) and members of his delegation listen intently to the owner of SunTech Greenhouses in Ontario, Canada, Bob Mitchell (right) explain about hydroponic farming. Also pictured are Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Marc Panton (left) and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technology in Agriculture, Dr. Derrick Deslandes (second left).Traceability mechanisms are important in order to quickly identify animal diseases and minimize threats to other animals and people, Dr. Tufton said.“That type of traceability is very important. Our vision is to be able to register the farm and animals, trace the animals, as they go through one of the abattoirs, and then all the way to the marketplace,” he explained.Associate Vice-President in the Policy and Programs branch of CFIA, Paul Mayers, indicated his agency’s willingness to assist Jamaica, noting that traceability is one of the key drivers in responding to issues.Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton (left) greets one of five Jamaican farm workers at the SunTech Greenhouses in Ontario, Canada, Orville Williams, who is from Kemps Hill, Clarendon.Dr. Tufton and his delegation also visited SunTech, a hydroponic greenhouse owned by Bob Mitchell, which grows tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplants. The company employs five Jamaican farm workers.Hydroponics, which is farming above ground without soil, has taken off in Canada in recent times, especially in Ontario. RelatedDr. Tufton Gives Update on Jamaica’s Agricultural Sectorcenter_img RelatedDr. Tufton Gives Update on Jamaica’s Agricultural Sector Advertisementslast_img read more

CARICOM signs trade and cooperation agreement with Cuba

first_imgCARICOM signs trade and cooperation agreement with Cuba Foreign AffairsDecember 3, 2010 RelatedCARICOM signs trade and cooperation agreement with Cuba RelatedCARICOM signs trade and cooperation agreement with Cuba FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has endorsed the implementation of duty free access for specific goods from Cuba into Jamaica and seasonal duties on other products.Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Daryl Vaz gave this update during the Post Cabinet Press Briefing at Jamaica House earlier this week.The endorsement is a move towards implementing the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement between CARICOM and the Republic of Cuba that was signed in 2000. Cabinet also gave instructions for amendments to be drafted to the Customs Act so that the Agreement can be fully implemented.center_img RelatedCARICOM signs trade and cooperation agreement with Cuba Advertisementslast_img read more

JCAA Far Advanced in $4.2 Billion Upgrading Programme

first_imgThe Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is far advanced in implementing a comprehensive $4.2 billion modernization and upgrading programme to replace major components of its communications, navigation and surveillance systems.This was disclosed by Director General, Nari Williams-Singh, at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’,  held at the agency’s head office, in Kingston.Describing the engagement as an “aggressive” undertaking, Mr. Williams-Singh advised that two new air traffic control towers will be constructed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, and the Sangster International Airport, in Montego Bay, at a cost of  $2.57 billion.“The upgrades will see our radars, automation systems, voice communication and control systems and air traffic control simulation systems upgraded. This is a 21-month project, which has already commenced, and we should see some benefits over the next 12 to 15 months. We are also in contract negotiation stage  for a new instrument landing system to be installed at the Sangster International Airport,” he added.    According to the Director General, several projects have been completed, and  others are ongoing or scheduled for implementation.Mr. Williams-Singh highlighted notable successes which, he said, have resulted from aspects of the project already carried out. These include the commissioning of a newly upgraded microwave radio network for Jamaica’s Flight Information Region, in December 2014.  This network triples the information-carrying capacity of the previous network and minimizes the risk of critical data loss from radar and other sites.The Director General also reported progress with the phased implementation of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, consistent with the international thrust to replace radars as the primary mode of aircraft surveillance, by 2017.Through the efforts of the JCAA, Jamaica, as a contracting State of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), continues to maintain international industry tandards.The Director General said that upgrade of its Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) to the more data-centric Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) is to be undertaken,  and that the Authority is currently evaluating bids.The country’s Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) Department and personnel are routinely and consistently relied on to provide and publish vital aeronautical, meteorological, and airspace management information to the local and international aviation community. Air  operators, pilots, and air traffic control staff rely on these critical data and services, such as notices to airmen and aeronautical information publications, routinely provided by the AIS Department, Jamaica is a part of  the international industry stakeholders engaged in activities aimed at enhancing global aviation safety, through the implementation of a Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP). These encompass a combination of new technologies, methodologies and systems, aimed at improving aviation safety. JCAA Far Advanced in $4.2 Billion Upgrading Programme TransportSeptember 20, 2015Written by: Peta-Gay Hodges RelatedNew Air Traffic Control Towers to be Commissioned By December RelatedTransport Authority Chaplains Graduate JCAA Far Advanced in $4.2 Billion Upgrading ProgrammeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: Donald DelahayeChairman of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. B. St. Michael Hylton (right), supported by members of his team at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’. From left are Deputy Director General, Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Rohan Campbell; Deputy Chairman, Mr. Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven; Deputy Director General, Administration and Services, Mrs. Nicole Morgan and Director General, Mr. Nari Williams-Singh. center_img RelatedWork on North South Link of Highway 2000 Far Advanced FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is far advanced in implementing a comprehensive $4.2 billion modernization and upgrading programme to replace major components of its communications, navigation and surveillance systems. Advertisementslast_img read more

Tempe Chamber honors The Dhaba, Caliente Construction

first_imgThursday, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce presented two companies with Business Excellence Awards, the organization’s top honor for commerce.The Dhaba was named the Small Business of the Year. Caliente Construction was named the Large Business of the Year.Both firms have a proven record of success and growth, community involvement, dedication to employees, leadership, reliability and commitment to customer service.The Dhaba is an award-winning, contemporary Indian restaurant specializing in the cuisine of the Punjab region of northern India. It offers homemade breads; a healthy selection of locally-sourced, organic meat and vegetarian dishes; and traditional desserts and drinks. It is the heart of India Plaza on Apache Boulevard. In the 13 years since its founding, it has become a comprehensive destination for Indian food and culture.Owner Raveen Arora began life as a refugee in impoverished Calcutta, India. After gaining an education and business skills, he built the highly respected restaurant which has served more than 1 million people. This year, Arora was selected by the National Restaurant Association as the Face of Diversity in Arizona for his leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the community.Caliente Construction is a family-owned general contractor providing new construction and renovation services. It was founded in 1991 by high school sweethearts Tom and Lorraine Bergman. In 2014 it relocated its headquarters and 80 employees to Tempe. The firm sources all of its outside services and partnerships from local companies headquartered in Arizona. It’s a 5-time winner of the state’s “Best of the Best” award for a perfect safety record. Additionally, it practices sustainable construction and its projects include a material recycling program.It is a top five fund raiser for The American Cancer Society’s annual “Climb for the Cure” and supports the Phoenix Children’s Museum Sandfest, Madison Street Veterans Association and Tempe Cares. The award-winning company was recently recognized as Arizona’s 28th largest contractor and the 5th largest woman-owned business in the state.Ranking Arizona also named it #1 in Tenant Improvement, and the #2 Overall Contractor.“The Dhaba and Caliente Construction are outstanding examples of the type of business that makes our city thrive,” said Mary Ann Miller, president and CEO of the Tempe Chamber. “Their passionate dedication to their customers, staff and the community are unparalleled. We are proud they’re part of the Tempe Chamber, and we celebrate their continued success.”The awards were presented on June 16 at the Tempe Chamber’s Annual Luncheon at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.The other finalists for the Business Excellence Awards were: ARCpoint Labs, Bullock Training and Development, Edward Jones and the Tempe Mission Palms hotel.last_img read more