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March 2018
 

05 March 2018

Team Leader, Electrical and Electronics Department, Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Garfield Morgan (centre), shows Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Affairs Commission, Dolsie Allen (left); and Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, a hair dryer that was tested by the BSJ that did not meet the required standard, at the launch of the Household and Similar Electrical Appliances Standard by the BSJ. The Standard covers general safety requirements of electrical appliances for household and similar purposes and outlines the necessary tests and safety conditions required to protect consumers against the hazards of electricity or electrical equipment. The launch was held at the BSJ’s Multi-Purpose Facility, Winchester Road, Kingston, on Friday, March 2, 2018.

BSJ Launches New Standard for Electrical Appliances

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 05 Mar 2018    communications   
The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has launched a new standard that will cover general safety requirements for electrical appliances for household and similar purposes. Launched on March 2 at the Bureau’s office, in Kingston, the new standard, known as JS IEC 60335-1:2010 (AMD1:2013+ AMD2:2016), will also cover voltages for appliances not more than 250 for single-phase units and 480 volts in other appliances. It also covers battery-operated appliances and other direct current (DC) supplied appliances, and appliances not intended for normal household use, but nevertheless may be a source of...


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Launch of the Household and Similar Electrical Appliances Standard by the BSJ.

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 05 Mar 2018    communications   
Senior Energy Engineer, Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Mark Williams (left), in discussion with (from left) Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown; Executive Director, Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Stephen Wedderburn; and Chief Executive Officer, National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), Lorice Edwards Brown, at the launch of the Household and Similar Electrical Appliances Standard by the BSJ. The Standard covers general safety requirements of electrical appliances for household and similar purposes and...


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Historic FAO Conference

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 05 Mar 2018    communications   
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda (left) greets Eve Crowley (seated) Deputy Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean and FAO Representative in Chile, at the opening session of the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean on March 5, 2018 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Montego Bay. Looking on at left is Antonio Sa Ricarte, Deputy Representative, Minister Counselor, Brazil/Conference Rapporteur, and Permanent Secretary, MICAF, Donovan Stanberry (right). The conference is shaping up to be one of the largest to...


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Alfred Barrett (2nd left), Jamaica Citrus Protection Officer Plant Quarantine, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), discusses the different varieties of citrus available with (from left) Courtney Cole, Chief Technical Director for Special Projects, MICAF; Patricia Smikle, Horticulturist, Post Entry Quarantine and Dr. Peta-Gaye Chang, Chief Post Entry Officer, both of Bodles Research Station in St. Catherine at Bodles Citrus Day on March 2.

Agri ministry calls for private sector collaboration to increase citrus production

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 05 Mar 2018    communications   
Chief Technical Director for Special Projects in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Courtney Cole, is calling on the private sector to collaborate more with the Government in an effort to increase citrus production in Jamaica. Speaking at Citrus Day 2018 on March 2, Cole said that while there is a demand for some 4.5 million boxes of citrus annually; Jamaica was producing fewer than 2 million boxes. This, he said, was due to capacity constraints at the Ministry’s budwood facility at Bodles where only an average of 24,000 budeyes is produced annually to nursery...


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Students sample citrus fruits at Bodles Research Station

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 05 Mar 2018    communications   
Students sample citrus fruits at Bodles Citrus Day held at Bodles Research Station in St. Catherine on March 2. The event was organised by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries’ Post Entry Quarantine and the Jamaica Citrus Protection Agency and was geared at increasing awareness amongst the public and nursery operators of the various varieties of citrus available in Jamaica, their flavours and uses, and how they can be incorporated into various foods.


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Bodles Citrus Day

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 05 Mar 2018    communications   
From left, Courtney Cole, Chief Technical Director for Special Projects, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, discusses citrus tree with Alfred Barrett, Jamaica Citrus Protection Officer Plant Quarantine at Bodles Citrus Day held at Bodles Research Station in St. Catherine on March 2. Some 46 varieties of citrus are maintained in a clean state by the Post Entry Quarantine Unit at Bodles and are tested regularly for the more common and problematic diseases that affect citrus.


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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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