Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority

Spices & Export Division

Officer in Charge of this Division: Senior Director of Spices & Export – Leroy Grey (lgrey@jacra.org)

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 Spices industry in Jamaica.

Regulated Agricultural Products Major Production Area in Jamaica Product
Pimento St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, St, Ann, Portland and St. Mary
Nutmeg St. Mary, St. Catherine, St. Thomas and Portland
Ginger St. James, Hanover, Trelawny, Westmoreland, Clarendon, Portland, St. Thomas and St. Andrew
Tumeric Westmoreland and Hanover
  • Currently trading in agricultural commodities such as Pimento, Nutmeg, Ginger and Tumeric
  • Pimento accounts for 90% of the Divisions Operations. Nutmeg 5%, Ginger 4% and Tumeric 1%
  • Pimento is the major export commodity


The major challenges and issues which negatively affect the Spices Industry are as follows:

  • Destruction of Pimento trees for the use of charcoal production for Jerk purposes
  • Price competition for Pimento from the major producers in Mexico
  • Ginger Rhizome Rot (GRR) disease
  • Harvesting of Tumeric due to the fact that this commodity is grown mostly in the wild

Industry Issues