Jamaica’s farmers now have more options for fertiliser products, with the introduction of new crop care products to be distributed by the Hi Pro Division of the Jamaica Broilers Group.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, who spoke at the launch of the new products Wednesday (November 4) at Hi Pro Ace Super Centre, White Marl, St Catherine, said they augur well for the continued development of best practices in the local agricultural sector.
“This represents, from the perspective of the Government and the agricultural sector, an important milestone being driven by the Jamaica Broilers Group, and a number of partners across region and the hemisphere to advance best practices in agricultural productivity,” Dr. Tufton said.
“This is a critical theme of the Government’s thrust towards building a sustainable agricultural sector, and we believe that over time it is going to be good for the sector and it is going to advance the sector and, by so doing, advance the welfare and the wellbeing of the Jamaican people,” he added.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton (left), listens to Managing Director of Caribbean Chemicals, Joe Pires (right) explaining the effectiveness of one of several new farm products from Hi Pro Ace geared at increasing production and profitability, at the launch of the products at the Ace Super Centre, White Marl, St. Catherine on Wednesday (November 4). Looking on is President and Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Broilers Group, Christopher Levy (centre)
In his remarks, Marketing and Sales Manager, Hi Pro Division, Oliver Thompson, noted that the new line of products has already been proving itself in the marketplace.
He said that farmers, especially in South St. Elizabeth, are testifying to significantly increased yields. The returns being realised from the use of the products are providing tangible proof that the Broilers Group is making a real contribution to developing Jamaica’s agricultural sector, he added.
He explained that the Adjuvant Break Thru and Caprid insecticide were used with great effect by farmers, in South St. Elizabeth, to control the outbreak of Army Worms, which affected scallions and onion between May and June. Agri-Gro Ultra, a natural bio stimulant, has been used by a number of farmers to increase crop yield, produce better seedlings and stimulate better root development, Mr. Thompson said.
The Hi Pro Division will be introducing to the Jamaican market place 11 new environmentally friendly crop care product lines, in partnership with Diamond R, Agri-Gro and Caribbean Chemicals.