THE EDITOR, Madam:
I remember when I was a kid delivering fresh cow’s milk to us in Mandeville. In fact, a cooling station for milk was located at Bonito Crescent in the city.
As fruit juice maker Trade Winds Citrus Limited (TWCL) re-entered the dairy industry in 2020, a 2011 Pulitzer Center article, “Jamaica: Fresh Milk Down The Sewer,” recounts the industry’s demise. Jamaican milkmaid; This was in 1992, when the World Bank asked Jamaica to lift local tariffs as a condition of granting a loan that led to the flood of imported, heavily subsidized powdered milk (which is an irony ), and the destruction of the local dairy industry weakened Jamaica’s long-term food security.
Recently, Lavoi Griffiths highlighted the disappearance of the Ortanique fruit in Manchester ( Jamaica Observer, September 1, 2021). This parish was the main center for scientific research on livestock outside the Bodles agricultural research station in Sainte-Catherine. The Hartham property, where the Ortaniques were grown, was also the parish’s main dairy farm, while in Mile Gully the Shields family operated a beef cattle farm. Former Mile Gully High School principal Ulit Brackett (Rev) had hoped that the school’s accent “On cattle breeding and grass production, as two economic activities, [would be] important to the development of Mile Gully ”. He also said, “Slaughter cattle have been a great source of income for the people of North West Manchester, thanks to the experience and research that has been carried out at Grove Place, and from that people have learned to breed. livestock in a scientific way, and it has helped the farmers in the community. (JIS newsletter 2001). However, this is no longer possible due to the disappearance of Grove Place.
Grove Place was in south Manchester, where the former president of the Jamaica Red Poll Cattle Breeders Society, Dr Karl Wellington, a former pupil of Dr Thomas Lecky, worked with two of the world’s leading researchers on the herb used for feed the cattle, Sam Motta and Dr. Dinsdale McLeod.
KILLING RESEARCH CAPACITY
In the mid-1990s, the property was transferred to Alcan Kirkvine Works for the mining of its bauxite and land reclamation for agricultural purposes, particularly for agricultural research. Alcan has since closed its door, leaving the land unmined and killing the facility’s research capacity.
As the government collected taxes on the bauxite mined from the parish, the citizens of Manchester suffered a greater loss of its status as Jamaica’s premier center for the breeding and rearing of beef cattle for research, the scientific development and technological achievements – all of national significance for food supply, job creation, environmental improvement, saving and earning foreign exchange.
Our nation and parish lost the development work that resulted in the creation of the Jamaica Red Poll breed, as an important contribution to the national goal of increasing the efficiency and integrity with which farmland could be used to achieve lasting economic benefits for the nation. .
DUDLEY MCLEAN II