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During the last financial year, the Scientific Research Council (SRC) continued to effectively serve the productive sector, policy makers and the general public through product research and development, providing quality scientific and technological solutions, and facilitating technology transfer.
As set out in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce’s performance report for its agencies up to May 2010, more than 1,500 tissue culture plantlets were supplied by the SRC to local farmers, while technical services were provided in food processing to more than 80 clients. Additionally, four contracts for the research and development of food products were completed.
Analytical services (chemical and microbiological) in water, wastewater and food were provided for the agro-processing and manufacturing sectors as well as private individuals.
Environmental pollution load was addressed through the design of 40 wastewater treatment systems and the implementation of nine, with a system constructed for a major local fast food chain.
According to the report, which was tabled in Parliament, the SRC also generated research data on the glycemic index of five Jamaican products, and completed the implementation of the National Health Fund (NHF) project on hypertension and diabetes.
During the review period, five accredited training programmes were delivered by the agency, with one entity trained in the use of tissue culture technology and was facilitated to establish a commercial/semi-commercial production of plantlets.
As it relates to the sale of food formulations and transfer of technology, 26 food formulations were sold to micro, small and medium enterprises in the productive sector and a new database consisting of over 300 records developed for the region.
The Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS), a regional renewable energy information platform was also developed, and the assessment of the analytical laboratories completed.
The SRC was created in 1960 with the overall responsibility to contribute to economic growth by broadening the country’s industrial base in a manner that focuses on the use of local resources. The Council also provides technical support to existing industries to enhance their performance in increasingly competitive domestic and international markets.