The PPCR is a multimillion dollar grant-funded programme provided by the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) through the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB). The PPCR was established to develop and improve the climate resilient capacities of various sectors across the Region. The programme is executed by the Mona Office of Research and Innovation (MORI). The project has four components and sub-Component 4 – Applied adaptation initiatives, facilitates agriculture activities. CARDI leads the implementation of Component 4.
The programme builds on the agricultural climate smart initiatives within Jamaica, by new initiatives or enhancing existing ones. Two actions that have been funded under the programme are: the refurbishing of the seed storage facility at the Bodles Agriculture Research Station operated by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) and the training of selected staff in Seed Science Technology.
HAND-OVER OF REFURBISHED SEED STORAGE FACILITY AT BODLES
The newly renovated and equipped 1,000 ft2 (92.9 m2) seed facility was completed in March 2019. The facility was refurbished with funds from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) through the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB) and CARDI previously provided equipment with funds from the EU / ACP under the Agricultural Policy Programme (APP) Project. The expanded facility is capable of housing true and vegetative seed.
The Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, officially opened the newly refurbished facility at the handing over ceremony on 23 October 2019. Also present were Ms Therese Turner-Jones, Inter- American Development Bank (IDB), Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Gregory Robin, CARDI Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Lisa Myers Morgan, Principal Research Director, Research & Development Division, MICAF, staff of the PPCR Project Management Unit, CARDI, and MICAF. The facility will store climate resilient seed for Jamaica and CARICOM Member States. Seed multiplication for staple crops will be accelerated before the start of the hurricane season, to ensure the availability of adequate volumes in case of natural disasters.
SEED SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING To complement the upgrade of the seed facility at Bodles, staff from MICAF in Jamaica and other seed facilities across the Region attended a one-week training course on Seed Science and Technology at the Iowa State University.
The training was geared towards strengthening participants’ knowledge in a number of technical areas, such as:
- The use of seed equipment for seed enhancement and maintenance of seed quality
- Testing for resistance and stress tolerance through the use of germination and vigour test
- Understanding the significance of seed physiology
- Applying of precision agriculture to increase crop yields to feed the growing population
The technicians that participated in the training were Martin Lindo (CARDI-Belize); Rameshwar Raghunauth (NAREI-Guyana), Carla Douglas and Alex Sybron ( MICAF-Jamaica) and Cameedra Ram, (CARDI-Trinidad and Tobago).