Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority

About Us

The Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA) is a statutory body which falls under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

JACRA is regulated by the JACRA Act which was established on March 14, 2017 pursuant to the Jamaica Agricultural Regulatory Authority Act of 2017.

JACRA was established for the development, regulation, and standardization of the agricultural commodities (Coffee, Cocoa, Coconut and Spices) industry.

The functions of JACRA embrace the setting of Quality Standards, provision of Quality Assurance and Certification Services and generally focus on governing the trading in the coffee, cocoa, coconut and spices industries.

The objectives include promoting the welfare of coffee, cocoa, coconut and spices stakeholders as well as protecting the quality and integrity of these commodities, with particular emphasis on brand establishment and protection.

What is JACRA?

Historical Note
Agricultural Commodity Boards were created in Jamaica in the 1940’s and 1950’s arising from the following considerations:

  • Lack of organization and fragmented production patterns in the commodities;
  • Inadequate processing facilities;
  • Insufficient reach and technical capacity to market products internationally;
  • Low levels of human and technical resources to execute research and development programmes;
  • The necessity to effect concentrated focus on selected commodities in order to capitalize on the preferential trade arrangements which were then in place.

Current Situation/Reasons for Rationalization
Over time, the factors which catalyzed the establishment of the foregoing Commodity Boards have changed to the point where it now demands a re-orientation in their overall modus operandi. The factors which have changed include:

  • The development of global free markets over the past decade;
  • The failure of some boards to respond and adapt to the new situation;
  • Mediocre trade results due to high overhead and inefficient processing facilities;
  • Failure of the Boards to catalyze a reasonable return on the farmers’ investment in terms of an acceptable price;
  • The termination of preferential trade arrangements;
  • Government’s Policy to minimize its role in commercial activities, including the processing and marketing of these products, and to concentrate on the regulatory aspects. As such, all the commercial aspects for the current entities which are being rationalized will be divested.

Why JACRA?

J Judicious and Fair When applying our Laws & Regulations
A Authentic & Original Products Brand Jamaica is our paramount interest in all the commodities we regulate and certify for quality
C Customer Satisfaction Customer Satisfaction is central to what we do while ensuring that our functions, procedures and activities in the products we certify and the service to our customers is aimed at true customer satisfaction and service excellence
R Receptive To customer concerns, needs an request and to grant the appropriate Recourse to all our stakeholders
A Adaptive to Change Be adaptive to Change by the Utilization of Technology and Research and revisions to procedures where appropriate that will benefit our stakeholders

What JACRA should mean to our Stakeholders

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These Logos are to be used during a transition period of at least five(5) years on official documents such as export documentation, certificates so as to ensure that longstanding customers feel confident that the identity and intrinsic qualities and values that these names convey will be a guarantee.

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# Acronym Name Description Website Url
1 JAS Jamaica Agricultural Society The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) formed in 1895 under the instruction of the then Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Henry Blake to stimulate interest of all categories of farmers in the island in agricultural pursuits, and to establish a forum where all farmers could meet, discuss their problems to initiate plans, elect officers and to do all other things necessary for the welfare of the farming community. It is the oldest most deeply rooted organization in rural agricultural development in the Caribbean. jas.gov.jm
2 JCEA Jamaica Coffee Exporters’ Association This is the official Coffee Processors (JACRA’s Coffee Licensed Dealers, Special Dealers and Works) lobby group
3 RADA Rural Agricultural Development Authority The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Agriculture & Lands. RADA was established under the Rural Agricultural Development Authority Act of 1990, replacing the Land Authorities Act and began its operation on August 1, 1990. It is Jamaica’s chief agricultural extension and rural development agency. www.rada.gov.jm
4 ABIS Agricultural Business Information Systems ABIS:- is a web based information system developed by RADA to provide information on crops, livestock and agricultural production, markets and stakeholders to support the business of agriculture. GOAL:- Provide information appropriate to boost the capacity and competitiveness of stakeholders (primarily farmers) and provide better measurement of capacity and performance to Government. www.abisjamaica.com.jm
5 BSJ Bureau of Standards Jamaica The Bureau of Standards Jamaica is a statutory body established by The Standards Act of 1969 to promote and encourage standardization in relation to commodities, processes and practices. However, over the years, its role has expanded to include the provision of services in relation to conformity assessment (certification, inspection and testing, and calibration) and metrology. Its main activities include: facilitating the development of standards and other requirements to which particular commodities, services, practices and processes must comply; monitoring for compliance; conducting tests and calibrating instruments; certifying products and management systems; providing industrial training and promoting research and education in standardization. www.jbs.org.jm
6 NEPA National Environment and Planning Agency The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) was established in April 2001 as an Executive Agency under the Executive Agencies Act. NEPA was founded to carry out the technical (functional) and administrative mandate of three statutory bodies "the Natural Resources & Conservation, Authority (NRCA), the Town & Country Planning Authority (TCPA), and the Land Development & Utilisation Commission (LDUC)".
  • Conservation & Protection (Natural Resources Management)
  • Environmental Management
  • Spatial Planning
  • Compliance & Enforcement
  • Applications Management
  • Public Education
  • Policy and Research
  • Legal Services & Standards Management
nepa.gov.jm
7 JTB Jamaica Tourist Board The Jamaica Tourist Board is charged with a mission of marketing the tourism product so that Jamaica remains the premier Caribbean tourism destination. To this end, we are positioning Jamaica as the most complete, unique and diverse warm weather destination in the world, which offers the best vacation value available. www.jtbonline.org/jtb
8 JAMPRO Jamaica Promotions JAMPRO is an Agency of the Government of Jamaica’s Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation that promotes business opportunities in export and investment to the local and international private sector. In facilitating the implementation of investment and export projects, the organization is a key policy advocate and advisor to the Government in matters pertaining to the improvement of Jamaica’s business environment and the development of new industries. www.jamaicatradeandinvest.org
9 MOFA&FT Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is responsible for the implementation of Jamaica’s foreign policy, the management of Jamaica’s international relations and the promotion of its interests overseas. www.mfaft.gov.jm
10 MOT Ministry of Tourism The Ministry of Tourism is responsible for the management and promotion of Jamaica’s tourism product www.mot.gov.jm
11 JCF Jamaica Constabulary Force The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is charged with Prevention and reduction of serious, violent and organized crimes, Improvement of public safety, confidence and trust, Strengthen the performance and accountability framework. Enhance respect for human rights and human dignity, Enhance the professionalism and morale of its members & Modernization of crime fighting through technology www.jcf.gov.jm
12 MOHE The Ministry of Health The Ministry of Health (MOH) is the pre-eminent Government organization whose mandate is “To ensure the provision of quality health services and to promote healthy lifestyles and environmental practices www.moh.gov.jm
13 MLSS Ministry of Labour and Social Security The vision of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security is to contribute to national development through the provision of efficient and effective labour and social security services within the context of a globalised economy. www.mlss.gov.jm
14 MLGCD Ministry of Local Government The Ministry of Local Government acts as the agent of local development. This covers the areas of development planning, minor water supplies, municipal parks & beautification, markets, street lighting, solid waste management, fire services and disaster preparedness among other national matters. www.localgovjamaica.gov.jm
15 MICAF Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has been charged with the responsibility of driving the integration of the production of primary agricultural produce along all the stages of the supply chain through to value added and facilitating full commercialization of outputs of the agriculture, manufacturing, and service sectors. www.miic.gov.jm
16 MOF&PS Ministry of Finance & the Public Service The Ministry of Finance & the Public Service (MoF&PS), has overall responsibility for developing the Government’s fiscal and economic policy framework; collecting and allocating public revenues and playing an important role in the socio-economic development of the country in creating a society in which each citizen has every prospect of a better quality of life www.mof.gov.jm
17 SIOJ Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) was established under the Statistics (Amendment) Act 1984 on April 9, 1984. The Institute has been invested with all the powers formerly vested in the Department of Statistics and previously the Bureau of Statistics (which came into existence in 1946). The Statistical Institute of Jamaica is an agency of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. The main functions of the Institute are: to collect, compile, analyze, abstract and publish statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, social, economic and general activities and condition of the people; to collaborate with public agencies in the collection, compilation and publication of statistical information including statistical information derived from the activities of such agencies; to take any census in Jamaica; and generally to promote and develop integrated social and economic statistics pertaining to Jamaica and to co-ordinate programmes for the integration of such statistics, in accordance with the provisions of the Statistics Act. statinja.gov.jm
18 BOJ Bank of Jamaica The Bank makes a vital contribution to the nation's well being. As a public corporation, it is obligated to conduct the Bank's affairs in a prudent manner. At the Bank, every member of its staff has an important role to play in the attainment of the Bank's strategic objectives, and as such, we are committed to excellence in the performance of its duties and discharge its responsibilities with integrity. The main objectives of the Central Bank were defined by the Bank of Jamaica Act to be: To issue and redeem notes and coins. To keep and administer the reserves of Jamaica. To influence the volume and conditions of supply of credit so as to promote the fullest expansion in production, trade and employment, consistent with the maintenance of monetary stability in Jamaica and the external value of the currency. To foster the development of money and capital markets in Jamaica To act as banker to the Government. www.boj.org.jm
19 PIOJ Planning Institute of Jamaica The Planning Institute of Jamaica is committed to leading the process of policy formulation on economic and social issues and external co-operation management to achieve sustainable development for the people of JAMAICA As the foremost planning agency of the government, the PIOJ’s functions include: Initiating and coordinating the development of policies, plan and programmes for the economic, financial, social, cultural and physical development of Jamaica Advising the Government on major issues relating to economic, environmental and social policy Undertaking research on national development issues Providing technical and research support to the Cabinet Collecting, compiling, analysing and monitoring social status and economic performance data Managing external cooperation agreements and programmes Collaborating with external funding agencies in the identification and implementation of development projects www.pioj.gov.jm
20 JCFA Jamaica Cocoa Farmers’ Association The JCFA was formed in May 2008 as a non-profit farmers’ organization to pursue a farmer-centered approach towards the sustainable development of the cocoa sector in Jamaica. As part of this effort, the JCFA has developed a plan to empower cocoa communities to participate in a de-regulated cocoa industry. cocoajamaica.com

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