Jamaica News: Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is commending the Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) and its stakeholders for their sterling contributions to safeguarding the country’s food produce and public health.
Speaking at the PCA’s annual awards ceremony held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Monday (December 4), he said that the Authority has given dedicated service to the people of Jamaica.
“Without this Authority, Jamaica would be an unsafe place. The PCA represents one of the very tangible examples of joined-up government and the need of government and agency to coexist in a way that creates value for the people that we serve. On one hand, it is about health, safe use and testing of chemicals, and on the other hand, it is about food security,” he noted.
“As we near the close of another year, I wish to commend the PCA, whose operations help to safeguard public health. From its work in agriculture production to its work in community health and occupational safety, the PCA has been doing sterling work,” he added.
Board Chairman of the PCA, Warren Newby, added his voice in lauding the Authority’s staff and stakeholders.
“We are honoured that we can reward members of the pest control community. We wish to thank each and every one of you staff, [and] all our clients for the effort they have made over the past year,” he said.
The awards ceremony recognised staff members and partners of the PCA for their work in serving the agricultural sector.
More than 11 PCA stakeholders were recognised across the following categories: Most Innovative Low Toxicity Pesticide Registered in 2018; Most Compliant Farm Store; Highest Marks in Pest Control Examination 2018.
Additionally, two students enrolled at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) were presented with scholarships valued at $100,000 each. The students will also participate in an internship at the PCA during the summer following their graduation.
The recipients are fourth-year students, Regina Cummings and Jahmaine Parkinson, from the faculty of Plant Science.
The successes of the Authority throughout the year include registration of 23 new pesticide products; licensing of 10 products for local manufacture; and inspection of 570 facilities, including farm stores, and pesticide control operators’ storage facilities, supermarkets, manufacturers, importers, hardware stores and central sorting offices.
The PCA is a statutory body of the Government of Jamaica, mandated through the Pesticides Act of 1975 to regulate, manage and control pesticide usage in the island.
It regulates pesticides for vector control to prevent the spread of diseases, including chikungunya, Zika virus, malaria and dengue fever.
Source: JIS News