Research Council Executive Director, Dr. Cliff Riley, Minister of Industry,
Commerce, Agriculture and fisheries, Karl Samuda, Jamaica Social Investment
Fund Project Officer Dawn Allison (standing) Jamaica Social Investment Fund
Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, Northern Caribbean University Provost Dr. Paul Gyles, and Dean of the College of
Natural and Applied Sciences at NCU, Dr Vincent Wright signing the In-Vitro
Propagation of Irish Potato Seed programme.
Caribbean University has signed an $18.2 million dollar Memorandum of
Understanding for the implementation of the
In-Vitro Propagation of Irish Potato Seed programme.
The MoU was signed between Northern Caribbean University,
NCU, the Ministry of Industry Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, JSIF,
and the Scientific Research Council, SRC.
Under this 12 month agreement, NCU is expected to “maximise production
of Irish potato in central Jamaica. We
are also going to be working closely with the farmers to assist them as best as
possible.” Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Allied Health
and Nursing at NCU, Dr Vincent Wright.
The institutions will use
the laboratory equipped through the programme to help facilitate
the production of some 800, 000 Irish potato tissue culture plantlets with
micro tubers within a year.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and
Fisheries, Karl Samuda speaking at the recent In-Vitro Propagation of Irish
Potato Seeds signing ceremony.
welcome this initiative because I think this will set us on the right path, and
I want this as soon as possible so that we can save the US$4 million that we
have to spend to import Irish potato.” Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl
says this project is set to save the country millions of dollars which will
drastically reduce the import bill on Irish potatoes. He was speaking at the
MoU signing in Kingston on January 25.
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