Highest Growth of Domestic Food Crop Production in 11 Years

first_img By APLHEA SAUNDERS, JIS Reporter RelatedHighest Growth of Domestic Food Crop Production in 11 Years RelatedHighest Growth of Domestic Food Crop Production in 11 Years RelatedHighest Growth of Domestic Food Crop Production in 11 Years FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Domestic food crop production for the January to March quarter was the highest in 11 years, with some 147,378 tonnes produced, 24.4 per cent more than the corresponding quarter for 2010. This increased production propelled the agricultural sector to grow by 14 per cent overall for the quarter, when compared with the similar period last year. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton told a press conference at the Ministry’s Old Hope Road offices, today that the increase in crop production was attributed to very good weather conditions, and the continuation of a number of programmes that the Ministry has pursued under its production and productivity thrust. “Very important also is the efforts of our farmers in the field. We saw a fairly significant increase in productivity, not just production. There was a 5.4 per cent increase in acreages under production; however, we saw a 24.4 per cent increase in overall production. What that is saying is that we had better yields during that quarter,” Dr. Tufton pointed out. All crops recorded increases in production, with vegetables increasing by some 20,000 tonnes or 55 per cent. This was mainly influenced by an 80 per cent increase in cabbage production; tomato, 82.7 per cent; pumpkin, 36 per cent; carrot, 37.8 per cent; lettuce, 118 per cent; cucumber, 67 per cent; pak choi, 72.09 per cent; and string beans, 97 per cent. The Minister said that tubers increased by 21 per cent, potatoes by 12 per cent, and yams by 1.3 per cent.                                                  Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton noted that longer term traditional crops, which required six to nine months of cultivation, were impacted by Tropical Storm Nichole at the beginning of the last quarter of 2010, preceded by severe drought. “Despite that, coffee saw a 51 per cent increase in volumes reaped, cocoa saw a 182 per cent in volumes reaped, sugar a marginal 1.2 per cent, and bananas, a decline of 14 per cent,” he said. The parish of Clarendon saw significant increase in production of 39.4 per cent, followed by St. Ann, with 38 per cent; St. Elizabeth, 33.6 per cent; and Hanover and Manchester, 32 per cent. “We are encouraged by the performance of the farmers of Jamaica. We are encouraged by the introduction of the acceptance of new and improved approaches toward production, particularly in our cash crop areas, where we are seeing much better consistency of output in the critical crop areas, such as lettuce, cabbage and tomato,” the Agriculture Minister said. Dr. Tufton argued that this is good, not just for local consumers, but other critical markets, such as the tourism industry. “The response from the tourism sector and the general public is that the quality of the output is improving and is more consistent. We want to commend our farmers for that, and those within the Ministry, particularly the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), who have provided critical extension and technical support in introducing best practices,” the Minister added. Highest Growth of Domestic Food Crop Production in 11 Years AgricultureMay 2, 2011 Advertisementslast_img read more

MSMES to Benefit from $439 Million Govt Allocation to Productive Sector

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises(MSMEs) are to benefit from some $439 million, which the Government has earmarked for fiscal year 2013/14, to facilitate growth and development in the productive sector.Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said that 57 per cent of the funds, allocated through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), are slated for the Credit Enhancement Fund, through which businesses can access loan support.The Minister was addressing a forum on: ‘The IMF Agreement- Implications for Small Business,’ hosted by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Business Centre on April 11, at the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM). RelatedMSMES to Benefit from $439 Million Govt Allocation to Productive Sector RelatedMSMES to Benefit from $439 Million Govt Allocation to Productive Sectorcenter_img RelatedMSMES to Benefit from $439 Million Govt Allocation to Productive Sector MSMES to Benefit from $439 Million Govt Allocation to Productive Sector CommerceApril 13, 2013last_img read more

Watch a Whole New World Unfold in New Trailer for Live-Action Aladdin

first_img View Comments We’re just 10 weeks away from the release of the highly anticipated new Aladdin film. Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and Will Smith star in the live-action remake of the 1992 Disney classic of the same name. An exciting new trailer has just been released featuring the trio of stars inhabiting roles that are now even more iconic with the success of the Tony-nominated hit Broadway musical version. Watch the story of Aladdin unfold below and mark your calendar: the new movie arrives in cinemas on May 24. (Provided by Disney)last_img

A glitch in ‘gatekeeper cells’ slowly suffocates the brain

first_imgShare Share on Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterestcenter_img Share on Twitter Abnormality with special cells that wrap around blood vessels in the brain leads to neuron deterioration, possibly affecting the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a USC-led study reveals.“Gatekeeper cells” called pericytes surround blood vessels. They contract and dilate to control blood flow to active parts of the brain.“Pericyte degeneration may be ground zero for neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and possibly others,” said Berislav Zlokovic, senior author of the study and director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “A glitch with gatekeeper cells that surround capillaries may restrict blood and oxygen supply to active areas of the brain, gradually causing neuron loss that might have important implications for Alzheimer’s disease.” Published on Jan. 30 in Nature Neuroscience, this was the first study to use a pericyte-deficient mouse model to test how blood flow is regulated in the brain. The goal was to identify whether pericytes could be an important new therapeutic target for treating neuron deterioration.“Vascular problems increase the risk of cognitive impairment in many types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease,” said Kassandra Kisler, co-first author and a research associate at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Pericytes play an important part in keeping your brain healthy.”A closer look at the mouse modelsPericyte dysfunction suffocates the brain, leading to metabolic stress, accelerated neuronal damage and neuron loss, said Zlokovic, holder of the Mary Hayley and Selim Zilkha Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research.To test the theory, researchers stimulated the hind limb of young mice deficient in gatekeeper cells and monitored the global and individual responses of brain capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the brain. The global cerebral blood flow response to an electric stimulus was reduced by about 30 percent compared to normal mice, denoting a weakened system.Relative to the control group, the capillaries of pericyte-deficient mice took 6.5 seconds longer to dilate. Slower capillary widening and a slower flow of red blood cells carrying oxygen through capillaries means it takes longer for the brain to get its fuel.As the mice turned 6 to 8 months old, global cerebral blood flow responses to stimuli progressively worsened. Blood flow responses for the experimental group were 58 percent lower than that of their age-matched peers. In short, with age, the brain’s malfunctioning vascular system exponentially worsens.“We now understand the function of blood vessel gatekeeper cells is to ensure adequate oxygen and energy supply to brain cells,” said Amy Nelson, co-first author and a postdoctoral scholar at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Prior to our study, scientists knew patients with Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and other neurodegenerative disorders experience changes to the blood flow and oxygen being supplied to the brain and that pericytes die. Our study adds a new piece of information: Loss of these gatekeeper cells leads to impaired blood flow and insufficient oxygen delivery to the brain. The big mystery now is: What kills pericytes in Alzheimer’s disease?”last_img read more

GE to Showcase Latest Advancements at Kormarine 2013

first_img[mappress]Press Release, October 23, 2013 Global Offshore and Marine business powers and propels ships, keeping them in position at the touch of button. The Korean naval, offshore and merchant, shipbuilding industry, the largest and most important in the world, has long since recognized the benefit that GE’s experience and technology can deliver—partnering together for 30 years.That is why Kormarine 2013 is one of the key events where GE will showcase its latest advancements in diesel engines, gas turbines and dynamic positioning solutions, all designed to deliver reliability, fuel efficiency, lower maintenance and life cycle costs.SB Ahn, GE’s Global Offshore and Marine leader said, “GE provides solutions that affect vessels and marine installations from stem to stern and from ocean to sea bed. With the launch of our Global Offshore Marine organization, based here in Korea, we are continuing to strengthen our relationships with Korean shipbuilders. Together we have delivered naval and merchant vessels and offshore installations that can operate efficiently, reducing emissions and meeting critical environmental regulations. At Kormarine 2013, we will share our cutting-edge solutions that will continue to meet the challenges that the naval and marine industry faces—powering, propelling and positioning them now and in the future.”last_img read more

Conveyancing boost from stamp duty reforms

first_imgThe conveyancing sector has experienced a buoyant start to the year as solicitors rushed to complete transactions prior to higher stamp duty rates coming into force, latest research shows. The government introduced a higher levy of three percentage points above current stamp duty land tax rates on 1 April.Search Acumen’s conveyancing market tracker shows that 275,002 transactions were registered in the first three months of 2016, up 10% from the first three months of 2014, when 251,042 transactions were recorded in the run-up to the introduction of the Financial Conduct Authority’s pre-mortgage market review rules.2014’s first-quarter results were the first time more than a quarter of a million transactions had been recorded in a single three-month period since the recession.Search Acumen chair Mark Riddick said the ‘artificial stimulus’ of government intervention had put ‘major pressure’ on workloads.Riddick expects to see a ‘residual effect’ in the second quarter of this year, ‘as some of the transactions logged by HM Revenue and Customs in March filter through Land Registry records as more applications are completed.’The total number of firms active in the market rose by 2%, from 4,177 in the first quarter of 2015 to 4,278 this year. The top five conveyancing firms’ market share fell from 8% in the first three months of 2014 to 5% this year. Riddick said ‘challenger’ firms further down the ranks had enjoyed the biggest benefits of a year-on-year rise in transactions.He added: ‘A modest rise in the population of active firms has also occurred, with occasional players emerging to take some of the spoils and share the load.’Looking ahead, Riddick predicted continued quarter-on-quarter growth in ‘first registrations’ as a result of a reported rise in the number of new dwellings in England and Wales.last_img read more

UK to host open football practice

first_imgKentucky head football coach Mark Stoops will open the team’s 10:30 a.m. practice on Saturday to media and fans, per a release from the athletic department on Wednesday.The practice will be held on the Tim Couch Practice Fields at the Nutter Training Center. There is a possibility the practice will be moved to the Nutter Field House next to Commonwealth Stadium in the event of bad weather.The athletic department asks that no one bring his/her own chair and that all attendees stay behind all signs, painted lines and all ropes.Free parking is available in the locations listed below:• C8 Lot behind the right-field fence of Cliff Hagan Stadium• E-Lot beside the Cliff Hagan Stadium• Small E-Lots on Sports Center Drive• Green Lot near Commonwealth Stadium (if practice is moved to the Nutter Field House)last_img read more