DIVESTMENT OF ASSETS IN COCOA INDUSTRY

KINGSTON, March 31(JIS):

Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Government’s proposed divestment of its commercial assets in Jamaica cocoa industry, spearheaded by the Cocoa Industry Board (CIB), is now in the “final stages” of implementation.

He notes that there is “strong” local and overseas interest in the sector, “to establish new acreages as well as rehabilitate existing acreages.”

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JAMAICAN MOVIE DESTINY HITS US SHORES

The award winning Grasshopper Productions produced film Destiny will have it’s U.S premiere on Monday March 30 2015, in Miramar Florida. The U.S premiere will be hosted by Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne, at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Miramar at 8pm, with a VIP reception at 6:30pm.

Following the film’s record breaking run in Jamaica, the Tuff Gong Pictures co-produced film, will have releases in New York, South Florida, Chicago, Atlanta, DC and Hartford, before heading into other territories for 2015.

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AGRICULTURE MINISTER CAUTIONS AGAINST IMPORTING PORK

MONTEGO BAY, MARCH 29 (JIS):

 Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, has cautioned consumers and stakeholders in the food industry, not to panic in the face of the reported shortages in the pork industry and to resist the urge for imported alternatives.

“I wish to refer to the current situation as it relates to the reported shortages in the pork industry.  While we appreciate that there may be current tightness in the market, we need to resist the urge to open (the) flood gates of importation and thereby destroying our hard earned achievements in the sector,” Mr. Kellier said.

He issued the caution as he addressed the recent official launch of Jamaica’s ninth Agro-Park, the Sweet River Abattoir Agro-Park near Ferris Cross in Westmoreland.

Mr. Kellier noted that the Ministry will do its best to safeguard the gains made and will therefore be calling all stakeholders and industry players to a meeting next week to assess the situation and discuss the way forward.

He further told participants at the launching ceremony of the $292 million Abattoir, that the government was committed to providing the legislative framework to ensure the success of the abattoir, by making it mandatory that all commercial meat pass through certified abattoirs.

“Together with the National Animal Identification and Traceability System and the recently established Praedial Larceny Unit, we are confident that this arrangement will deal another blow to praedial thieves. I am sure that we can all together make this work,” the Agriculture Minister said.

BUSINESS LEADERS URGED TO MENTOR START UP JAMAICAN ENTREPRENEURS

KINGSTON, March 26 (JIS):

The country’s business leaders are urged to come forward to mentor young technology entrepreneurs benefiting from the Government’s ‘Start Up Jamaica’ (SUJ) initiative.

The call came from State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, who stressed that these “very bright talented youngsters” have great ideas but are not necessarily business people, and are in need of legal as well as financial advice.

Mr. Robinson was addressing a ceremony held at SUJ headquarters in downtown Kingston today (March 26), to announce the successful teams that have been selected to formally develop their businesses under the programme.

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