The Technical Services Directorate is responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of the technical divisions within the Ministry.
The objective of the Research and Development Division is to generate cost-effective technology for improvement of agricultural production. The Division operates four sub-programmes, namely: Livestock Research and Improvement; Crop Research and Development; Plant Protection; and Post Entry Quarantine - with a view to applying modern technology to increase production and productivity.
A new thrust in Research and Development (R&D) has led to collaboration with international and regional entities involved in agricultural research. This is to effect greater efficiency and global competitiveness. To achieve these objectives the Ministry of Agriculture has embarked on a programme of resuscitation and upgrading of the three research stations at Bodles in St. Catherine, Orange River in St. Mary, and Montpelier in St. James.
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The Veterinary Services Division oversees national health, animal status and welfare through its various services offered island wide. The Division operates a Diagnostic Laboratory services for the protection of the livestock industry; it certifies the health of animals; it is involved in the import/export inspection of live animals, meats and meat products; and it offers artificial insemination services for cattle, pigs and goats. The Ministry has revamped the Artificial Insemination Service (AIS) with the acquisition of a Liquid Nitrogen Plant for the safe storage of semen.
The Fisheries Division is responsible for the conservation and sustainable utilization of the Jamaica Fisheries resources in a manner that ensures optimum social and economic benefits to Jamaica. This is achieved through proper fisheries management involving research, monitoring of environmental quality, education and training, enforcement, licensing and registration, data collection and community outreach. The two major branches are Marine Capture and Aquaculture. The major programmes of the Fisheries Division are as follows:
The Plant Quarantine Unit falls under the Technical Services Directorate of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries. Plant Quarantine is Jamaica’s first line of defence against the introduction of exotic pests and diseases. This Unit is mandated to ensure that only the highest quality, pest free cut flowers and fresh produce are exported from and imported into the island.The Unit functions under the legal framework of the Agricultural Produce Act 1926 and the Plants (Quarantine) Act, 1993.
The Unit has its head office at 193 Old Hope Road, which serves as the overall administrative office for the two export complexes, one at the Norman Manley International Airport and the other at the Sangster International Airport. The Plant Quarantine Unit is headed by the Chief Plant Quarantine/Produce Inspector, with support staff consisting of: two Senior Plant Quarantine/Produce Inspector, two Export Complex Managers, and other staff members.
Project Management and Coordination Division is a subgroup of the Technical Services Directorate in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries. Our mission is to increase the performance levels of projects, which will contribute to the realization of the Ministry's objectives. The main role of the Division is to coordinate, monitor and control the development and operations of all Internal and locally funded projects falling under the Agriculture Ministry and all its agencies.