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Consumers in Kitson Town, St. Catherine can now be assured that eggs purchased is safe and of a high quality, with the donation of a $3.25 million egg storage and cooling unit to farmers in the community.
The unit, which was funded by the Jamaica Business Recovery Programme (JBRP), was recently handed over to the farmers at the Eden Egg Farm. It comprises an egg inspection and grading machine and a 40-foot refrigerator, and will directly benefit about 10 farmers with a combined total of more than 45,000 layer hens producing 4.6 million eggs annually.
According to Mark Campbell, chairman of Jamaica Egg Farmers Association (JEFA), the acquisition of the unit would help the farmers to store their eggs and consumers could also be assured of the freshness of supplies. “You can buy your eggs without any fear of getting a stale egg or that it will not last for a week or two weeks,” he said.
President of the Caribbean Poultry Association, Dr. Keith Amiel, who was at the handing over ceremony, lauded the acquisition of the egg storage unit, noting that ensuing quality and safety of agricultural produce would be a key ingredient in regional trade under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
He further pointed to the need for a common standard as it relates to grading in the poultry industry, “so that when we say Grade A large in Jamaica, it means the same thing in Barbados, Guyana or Trinidad, otherwise there’s no common basis on which we can trade.”
Meanwhile, the JBRP has also provided US$15,600 to explore the development of a liquid egg facility to meet the increasing market demand for liquid eggs in Jamaica, particularly from the hotel and baking industries.
This facility, which would be managed by the JEFA, would provide pasteurized eggs.
Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the JBRP is one-year business and agriculture recovery project, which is designed to provide technical assistance, training and grants to producers in the horticulture, poultry, fishing and craft manufacturing sectors, which were devastated by Hurricane Ivan.