THE AGRO-PROCESSING RESOURCE NETWORK, JAMAICA
The primary objective of the Network is to encourage more efficient collaboration and communication between participating organisations in order to foster a coordinated and focused approach to development of services and programmes for the sector.
Membership in the Network is at two levels: full and associate.
a. Full membership is open to the following institutions: - Jamaica Bureau of Standards - Jamaica Promotions Corporation - Ministry of Health - Public Health Department - National Development Bank of Jamaica - Rural Agricultural Development Agency - Scientific Research Council - The Food Technology Institute - University of the West Indies, Mona, JAMAICA - The Department of Chemistry b. Associate members may be co-opted from time to time and may include but not be limited to: - Agri-Business Council - Agricultural Credit bank - Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) - Jamaica Agricultural Development Foundation - Jamaica Export Trading Co Ltd - Trafalgar Development Bank - University of Technology - Engineering Department
The Network shall:
a. decide on product, process and service focus areas which will be given priority attention by each participating member within the framework of expressed government policy and/or agency mandate; b. where feasible provide guidance on industry problems (eg project development, quality assurance, package design, raw material supply and sourcing, financing and marketing; c. undertake the production of joint publications, develop training courses, assist the industry in:- (i) drawing on international assistance; (ii) meeting international standards, and in (iii) making foreign and local partnerships for import and export for small industries among other things.
Sample farmgate prices for October and November 1998, collected by RADA.