Minister Shaw Impressed with Jamaica Producers Group’s Operations at Kingston Wharves Complex

first_imgIndustry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has praised Jamaica Producers Group Limited (JPG) on the quality of its operations at the Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) complex.Speaking with JIS News after touring the facility on Friday (August 24) withChief Executive Officer, Jeffery Hall, and other senior managers, Mr. Shaw said he was “very impressed” with JPG’s tremendous growth in agriculture and manufacturing.He said these areas are “vertically integrated”, while noting the extent of banana, cassava and plantain cultivations, among other crops, at the entity’s farms, and operations at their manufacturing facilities, in St. Mary.“So you have (the) growing (component), you have processing (aspect) and then, of course, you have this logistics hub here at Kingston Wharves, where…tremendous expansion is taking place,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw contended that developments at the port demonstrate the value of Jamaica’s location in the region and its ability to improve its capacity and efficiency to handle international cargo, citing, as an example, JPG’s motor vehicle trans-shipment arrangements. “That is an excellent example of the kind of initiative that this company is showing and it has greater potential for growth. There are other countries that we are competing with in the region such as the Dominica Republic, Panama and Cuba. But it is clear that Jamaica is holding its own and has great potential for significant expansion,” he told JIS News.Against this background, Mr. Shaw said JPG’s growth trajectory “will mean many more jobs.“We have been discussing many other possibilities such as setting up an agro- processing centre, which will involve work with small producers who can rent space and do their own processing of foods, wines, sauces (and) spices. The possibilities are great and I commend the company and look forward to working with them,” he added.Jamaica Producers Group Limited and its subsidiaries engage in the cultivation, production, marketing, and distribution of fresh produce and juices in Jamaica and internationally.The company is also involved in logistics, transportation, port terminal operations, shipping, and land management activitieslast_img read more

BAHAMAS Road Paving Project begins in New Providence

BAHAMAS Road Paving Project begins in New Providence

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 22, 2018 – Nassau – Motorists in New Providence can look forward to “smoother” drives.  The Ministry of Works has embarked on a road paving project in New Providence which encompasses main arteries and some side streets.The project’s scope of works entails all New Providence streets that have been in a “poor” state for a while and which are on the paving schedule.  They include Farrington Road, Culbert’s Hill, Bernard Road, Eastern Road, Village Road, Nassau Street, East Bay Street, West Bay Street, a portion of Tonique Williams Darling Highway and more.Ryan Rahming, General Manager, Bahamix, said, “We want to focus on those streets so that we can provide a ‘trafficable’ road for motorists.  The project is trying to zero-in and focus on making the streets smoother to drive on.”Bahamix, the Government’s road paving contractors, recently completed road paving on Providence Avenue and Russell Road. It is anticipated that other side streets will be included.  In addition to a major construction overhaul by Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC), road paving was recently carried out in Willow Tree Avenue, Pinewood Gardens.“They changed old lines and upgraded services throughout pinewood Gardens,” said Mr. Rahming.Following the work by WSC, Bahamix conducted a milling process prior to paving Willow Tree Avenue.  The process included removal of the old layer of asphalt and the addition of overlay of  1-1/2 thickness of new asphalt.“There are more streets within Pinewood that we have to address but we particularly focused on Willow Tree Avenue.  That street was milled and unpaved for a while,” he said.Bahamix will resume paving in Pinewood Gardens once WSC has completed ongoing utility work there.  The road paving is being conducted simultaneously with utility companies.  Mr. Rahming said the traffic plan for Willow Tree Avenue worked very well and the intent for road paving in other areas is to use a shift work system during evening and early morning hours to minimize delays.  Residents will receive advanced notice of upcoming road works.Approximately $7 plus million are being pumped into paving New Providence roads.  Utility companies and the road paving contractors are expected to coordinate work prior to paving of roads.  Mr. Rahming underscored that once Bahamix has completed paving, no company should “disturb” the work as a result of poor infrastructure planning.By: Kathryn CampbellPhoto caption:  Road paving being carried out in Willow Tree Avenue.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more