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New regulations governing the importation of agricultural produce are to be gazetted soon.In an interview with JIS News, Chief Plant Quarantine Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Carol Thomas informed that the regulations would clearly outline the requirements of importing agricultural produce.
“It will outline in a clearer way.the items that are prohibited, some of the pests and diseases which are of concern to us and also the penalties for not complying with the regulations,” she said.
Miss Thomas noted that members of the public could now view the regulations on the Ministry’s website at www.moa.gov.jm and submit their comments, which might be incorporated into the final regulations that are to be gazetted. When gazetted, the regulations will also be placed on the website.
In the meantime, Miss Thomas said that the Plant Quarantine Unit was currently completing physical expansion work on its export complex at the Norman Manley International Airport.
The expansion, she noted, would provide additional warehouse space for the handling of agricultural exports. She also added that the expansion could serve to catalyze further growth in the export sector.
The unit, in keeping with its mandate to ensure the island’s food safety and security, will be showcasing its services at the first annual exposition of the Ministry of Agriculture, set to take place this Thursday (September 29), under the theme: ‘Ministry of Agriculture: Promoting Food Safety, Food Security and Export Development’.