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Better With Coffee: Coffee and Well-Being

In support of our farmers and processors and Jamaica’s growing coffee culture we celebrate one of the islands greatest gem, which gives us a feeling that lifts the spirit, and put a smile on our face….life is better with coffee

Stakeholders for the Following Regulated Agricultural Commodities Cocoa, Coconut, Coffee and Spices

As of June 1, 2020, the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA) will be accepting applications for renewal and new licenses for the following: coffee; cocoa; coconut; spices (pimento, nutmeg, ginger and turmeric; trade mark user and foreign importer.

Please be advised that no person shall manufacture, distribute, process, export or import, operate as a dealer, or operate a works facility without a license from JACRA. A person who does so is guilty of an offence under the JACRA ACT 2017.

Application forms can be obtained online or the legal department of JACRA.

Effective January 1, 2018, JACRA has been mandated to regulate the trade in coffee, cocoa, coconut, and the spices as well as for authorizing the use of Jamaica Blue Mountain (JBM) & Jamaica High Mountain (JHM) coffee trade marks.

Signed: The Management
Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA)
Tel: (876) 758-1259; 758-3903, 758-5459
Fax: (876) 758-3905
Email: licensing@jacra.org
Website: www.jacra.org

Stakeholders For The Following Regulated Agricultural Commodities Cocoa, Coconut, Coffee And Spices

As of January 1, 2018 Coffee Industry Board, Cocoa Industry Board, the regulatory functions of the Coconut Industry Board and the export division of The Ministry Of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries, (MICAF) have been subsumed into the new statutory body, JACRA.

As of June 1, 2019, JACRA will be accepting applications for new licenses for the following commodities (coffee, cocoa, coconut, spices, trade mark user and foreign importer).  

Application forms can be obtained here or the legal department of Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA)

Coffee Fest 2019

The Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA) joins the Tourism Enhancement Fund in promoting the second Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival.

The event is to be held March 1 to 3, 2019. On day one come visit with us at the University of Technology (UTECH) and hear presentations on:

  • What we do to produce this special coffee
  • The importance of varieties in the quality profile
  • The art of coffee tasting among other presentations

On day two come travel with us to the cool hills of Newcastle and witness coffee brewing and taste the various styles of coffee on display.

On day three come get to know where your favourite coffee is produced as we travel the coffee trails.

JACRA: Working to standardize, promote and protect our brands.

Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Coffee Expo 2019

The Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA) goes on the road to promote Jamaica’s coffee at the Specialty Coffee Expo to be held in Boston, USA from April 11 to 14, 2019.

The event which will be hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association will see JACRA collaborating with JAMPRO and the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA) to highlight the intrinsic quality features of Jamaica and one of its best known beverage experience “Coffee”, the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain experiences.

Come visit us and experience the clean, floral flavour of the word’s renowned Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee as well as our culture, music and the warmth of our people.

JACRA: Working to standardize, promote and protect our brands.

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day

In commemoration of the first large shipment of coffee beans to Japan on January 9, 1967, the Association of Japanese Importers of Jamaican Coffee (AJIJC) has made a motion to the Japanese Government to celebrate January 9th of each year as ‘Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day’. This motion has been sanctioned by the Japanese Government with the first such celebration to commence on January 9, 2019.
 
In celebration of this auspicious day, JACRA has formed a collaborative bond with Jamaica Promotions (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA) to have a series of promotional activities in support of the event. Some of the activities leading up to the day includes radio and television Interviews, press conference/launch, newspaper publications and establishing a presence at both the Norman Manley and Sangster International Airports on January 9, 2019.
We therefore urge all citizens of Jamaica to enjoy a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee on January 9, 2019.
 

Hansen Out As Agricultural Commodities Boss

Everton Hansen is out as director general of the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority.

The Gleaner understands that the decision was announced during an emergency board meeting at the authority’ office, 1 Willie Henry Drive off Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston on Monday evening.

The Board of Directors of the regulatory authority has declined to confirm Hansen’s departure.

However, it is reported that the board found his management style incompatible with its vision for the organisation.

Hansen had served a probation period of two months.

Meanwhile, in the interim, Gusland McCook, who acted as director general before Hansen’s appointment, will retake the reins of the organisation.

– Christopher Serju

Source: The Jamaica Gleaner, http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20180604/hansen-out-agricultural-commodities-boss

Statement on the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority JACRA

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has taken note of recent adverse comments regarding the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), an agency of the Ministry.

These concerns have been expressed by some members of the manufacturing and commercial sector and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and have been published in sections of the media.

In light of these concerns and JACRA’s very important role in promoting and regulating the trade environment for the named commodities, the Ministry is taking particular care and due diligence in examining the issues raised.

To this end, the Honourable Minister has assigned a working group to carefully assess and review all aspects of the JACRA Act and its Regulations as well as the concerns raised.

This review is scheduled to be completed soon and, at that time, the Ministry will provide a comprehensive statement on the matter.

 

Source: Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), http://www.miic.gov.jm/content/statement-jamaica-agricultural-commodities-regulatory-authority-jacra