JIS News

The Baronhaal Coffee Farm, in Cave Valley, St. Ann, which is owned by Jamaica Standard Products, has seen a record production by a single farm, of 26,000 boxes for the reaping period of 2007 to 2008.
“It is the determination of the Baronhall team, as well as the commitment to use the latest technology that has facilitated the achievement, which we celebrate today. They have consistently applied some good agronomic principles, which has allowed them to retrieve the remarkable productivity that we need to emulate,” stated Director General of the Coffee Industry Board (CIB), Christopher Gentles, while addressing a function held at the farm recently.
The Government as part of its objective to increase non-Blue Mountain coffee production will be embarking on a 1,000 acre project for High Mountain coffee. This is aimed at increasing employment, national production, and to reduce the risk facing a total reduction of the industry caused by the threat of frequent hurricanes.
Jamaica Standard Products produces roasted coffee, instant coffee, tea, spices, and coffee liqueur. During the current reaping of coffee the company employed over 1000 persons. In addition the Coffee Industry Board has been offered its facilities at the Baronhall farm to be used for research purposes.
Agriculture Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, along with personnel from his Ministry, and the Coffee Industry Board, last week carried out a tour of the Jamaica Standard Products facilities.