Bodles Research Station to Evaluate Use of TMRs

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, made the announcement while addressing agricultural stakeholders at the joint Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Jamaica Red Poll and Jamaica Black Cattle Breeders Societies, at the Minard Estate in Brown’s Town, St Ann, recently. The Bodles Research Station in Old Harbour, St. Catherine, will be undertaking research to evaluate the use of total mixed rations (TMRs), with a view of introducing it to the local market. TMR is the practice of combining feeds into a complete balanced mix that provides adequate nourishment to meet the needs of dairy cows. It is the most adopted method to feed dairy cows in the world. Story Highlights The Bodles Research Station in Old Harbour, St. Catherine, will be undertaking research to evaluate the use of total mixed rations (TMRs), with a view of introducing it to the local market.Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, made the announcement while addressing agricultural stakeholders at the joint Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Jamaica Red Poll and Jamaica Black Cattle Breeders Societies, at the Minard Estate in Brown’s Town, St Ann, recently.TMR is the practice of combining feeds into a complete balanced mix that provides adequate nourishment to meet the needs of dairy cows. It is the most adopted method to feed dairy cows in the world.“The advantages include the provision of a nutrient-balanced ration for cows, and increased milk fat,” Mr. Green outlined.The State Minister also noted that TMR aids digestion and can improve the production of beef.This research will complement Bodles’ ongoing work to store collected straws of semen from superior local bulls, such as the Jamaica Red Poll, which are made available to farmers locally as well as for export.Mr. Green indicated that the Bodles Research Station is essential to this process. He maintained that it is critical that Jamaica have a proper cattle breeding programme to “create new lines and improve existing ones”.“As the Ministry continues to work towards repositioning the cattle industry to its pride of place, it is important that you, the cattle breeders, continue to conserve the lines. That is why, given the shortage in breeding stock and weaners among Red Poll cattle, the Ministry has joined forces with the Red Poll Cattle breeders to conserve the semen of superior bulls,” he explained.Mr. Green noted that the Ministry is also pursuing initiatives to conserve the Jamaica Black Poll breed.The day’s activities saw the handover of a semen bank containing 1,300 straws of semen of the Jamaica Red Poll breed. read more

Portland School Gets 343350 from Canadian Charity

Students of Comfort Castle Primary and Junior High School in Portland are the beneficiaries of a $343,350 donation from the Canadian charity, the Tamara Gordon Foundation. Story Highlights The Minister, who made the presentation on behalf of the Foundation, said the generous gesture demonstrates the important role of the diaspora in national development. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, presented the cheque to Principal of the school, Dalmain Moore, at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s Dominica Drive address in New Kingston, on Tuesday (August 27). Students of Comfort Castle Primary and Junior High School in Portland are the beneficiaries of a $343,350 donation from the Canadian charity, the Tamara Gordon Foundation.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, presented the cheque to Principal of the school, Dalmain Moore, at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s Dominica Drive address in New Kingston, on Tuesday (August 27).The Minister, who made the presentation on behalf of the Foundation, said the generous gesture demonstrates the important role of the diaspora in national development.“This significant donation will be very helpful for the programmes you are running at Comfort Castle. It is another example of how our diaspora reaches out to make real change and directly and positively impact the lives of Jamaicans [at home]. It is such a fundamental reason why we appreciate our diaspora so much,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith lauded the Foundation’s Director, Tamara Gordon, who has devoted her life to empowering persons with disabilities, despite having suffered personal tragedy.Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Moore, who expressed his appreciation for the generous donation, said the money has come at an opportune time, as preparations are under way for the new academic year.He said the funds will be used to expand the school’s literacy and numeracy programme in the area, purchase a commercial printer and a desktop computer, among other things.“The fact is the community is economically challenged. Our intention is to see how best we can educate the population, because by educating the people we are giving the people the power. We are changing a community and the nation as well,” he said.Ms. Gordon, who is of Jamaican parentage and was born in Canada, became a paraplegic following a serious motor-vehicle accident.Established in 2013, the Tamara Grant Foundation is a community based charity which seeks to provide support to persons with physical disabilities in the greater Toronto area by empowering and improving their lives by facilitating equal opportunities for persons of this community, through education.The charity provides financial, social and other practical resources necessary for physically challenged persons to be self-supporting and to function as contributing members of society.The Foundation primarily provides scholarships for disabled students to assist with financing their tertiary education. read more

Proposed Nutrition Policy to be Completed In Academic Year 20192020

One major goal of the Government during the academic year 2019/2020 is to complete the proposed Nutrition Policy, which will restrict certain types of sugary drinks in schools and provide healthier food options for students. Story Highlights This is in keeping with the ban implemented in January 2019, which restricts the circulation of certain types of sugary drinks in schools and public health institutions. One major goal of the Government during the academic year 2019/2020 is to complete the proposed Nutrition Policy, which will restrict certain types of sugary drinks in schools and provide healthier food options for students.This is in keeping with the ban implemented in January 2019, which restricts the circulation of certain types of sugary drinks in schools and public health institutions.At the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s annual Back-to-School Press Conference on Thursday (August 29), Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said the Ministry has started working with concessionaires to ensure that students are properly fed during the five days of school.“In the area of nutrition and school-feeding, our Nutrition Policy will reinforce the push to restrict the availability of non-sugary drinks in schools. We support the drive by the Ministry of Health and we’re sincerely making an effort to support that Policy for the betterment of the health of our children,” Minister Samuda said.“The inclusion of local products in the feeding programme, as well as the reintroduction of the Breakfast Programme, is currently being finalised for implementation within this school year,” he added.Mr. Samuda also stated that Nutrition Products will be producing juices for selected schools and will increase its number of deliveries.On Tuesday (August 27) at the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Quarterly Press Briefing, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, gave an update on the Government’s activities towards finalising the Policy, and stated that his Ministry will be working alongside the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information for its implementation.Meanwhile, Mr. Samuda said most schools have embraced water consumption as a primary liquid for hydration, and that manufacturers have made adjustments in terms of revisiting their formula… so that it does not have the high sugar content.The Policy is to be submitted to Cabinet for review and approval. At the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s annual Back-to-School Press Conference on Thursday (August 29), Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said the Ministry has started working with concessionaires to ensure that students are properly fed during the five days of school. read more

Macfield Road Is Now 98 Complete

Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the repairs being done on Ferris to Macfield Main Road in Westmoreland will increase tourism interest in the area and spur economic activity. The Prime Minister toured sections of the roadway on Wednesday (October 2). Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the repairs being done on Ferris to Macfield Main Road in Westmoreland will increase tourism interest in the area and spur economic activity.The Prime Minister toured sections of the roadway on Wednesday (October 2).The NWA has advised that the roadway is now 98% complete.“The residents I am certain are very happy that this road has been repaired, the commuting public particularly those who use it as a connecting route from St. James, from Montego Bay, to the south coast would be very happy for this. The tourism interest in the area would be very happy for this,” said Prime Minister Holness.Prime Minister Holness noted that the road project was not without its challenges as the settlement pattern was not in line with stipulated building regulation.“So, when it comes to expanding the road there would be challenges. We have had to purchase many properties along the road, and I have expressed my gratitude to those who have been affected they have been very patient. We would have seen in the papers where some residents complained, I read their complaints and I had a long discussion with the NWA and we made sure that where compensation was necessary that it was done,” said Prime Minister Holness.According to Prime Minister Holness, the roadway will be completed with the road marking, signage, and sidewalks.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness also assured residents that he will ensure that the government agencies are working together to ensure that the newly built roads are not destroyed to install meters for water connection.“Residents have been making some complaints about the immediate digging up of the road for NWC meter connections, water connections, those I will have a word with the NWC to make sure that the surface that they have just laid down is not destroyed but generally I think the people of Westmoreland, particularly the communities along this road are very happy, it will increase commerce, it will increase the comfort of travel and I think it will also spur economic activity,” said Prime Minister Holness. “The residents I am certain are very happy that this road has been repaired, the commuting public particularly those who use it as a connecting route from St. James, from Montego Bay, to the south coast would be very happy for this. The tourism interest in the area would be very happy for this,” said Prime Minister Holness. read more