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  • Nutraceutical farmers in communities from across western Jamaica, participated in a business opportunity workshop, held at the Holiday Inn Resort, in Montego Bay, on March 23.
  • Director General of the NCST, Professor Errol Morrison, informed JIS News that farmers and business persons engaged in the nutraceutical industry stand to benefit from the global industry, which has experienced significant growth in recent years and is projected to be worth US$600 billion by 2018.
  • There’s also a lot of work that the Scientific Research Council (SRC) does in helping us with the process of getting our businesses ready and I think this was really an awesome workshop,” she said.

Nutraceutical farmers in communities from across western Jamaica, participated in a business opportunity workshop, held at the Holiday Inn Resort, in Montego Bay, on March 23.

The workshop was aimed at empowering participants to grasp the opportunities that exist within the nutraceutical industry. It was held by the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST), under the theme: ‘Nutraceutical business opportunity – expanding locally and abroad’.

Director General of the NCST, Professor Errol Morrison, informed JIS News that farmers and business persons engaged in the nutraceutical industry stand to benefit from the global industry, which has experienced significant growth in recent years and is projected to be worth US$600 billion by 2018.

“One of the main mandates from the Government, has been to focus on the nutraceutical industry as an up and coming non-traditional (sector), which will offer new opportunities, job creation and income generation. If we are serious, we need to be ensuring that our products are of international quality that can get to the worldwide market,” Professor Morrison said.

He pointed out that activities in the planned workshops are aimed at bringing groups together and educating participants in relation to what is expected of them.

“Above all, we seek to show them that by aiming for, and getting to the minimum standards, is where they could now be better able to access funding, which is critical for success.

We are also seeking to encourage members of the 4-H Clubs by teaching them the minimum standards and getting them interested in nutraceutical farming, as we feel that this is the new thrust,” Professor Morrison said.

Participant in the workshop, Yvonne Bailey, of ‘Reach for Health’ community group, told JIS News that the activities were “very educational,” which will eventually benefit her group.

“Some of the services that I am told are available to small businesses are really amazing. There’s a voucher system that can help small business owners get prepared to meet the requirements of funding agencies, that I am sure that a lot of Jamaicans are not aware of.

There’s also a lot of work that the Scientific Research Council (SRC) does in helping us with the process of getting our businesses ready and I think this was really an awesome workshop,” she said.