Human Resources

To implement the Banana Policy, the Board had strengthened its management and re-invested its technical services departments in the previous fiscal year with 13 professionals. The General Manager and scientific professionals were contracted in April 2009.  In the Banana Board, the Company Secretary and Farm Manager were employed part-time instead of full-time. The scientific professionals were contracted in the Research and Extension Departments (Figure 2).  Employment in the Banana Industry Insurance Fund had discontinued as the Fund no longer earned income from export cess.  Management of the head office property continued under the Banana Industry Insurance Fund (BIIF). The only BIIF employees, a full- time Chief Accountant and part-time Accounting Clerk were transferred and operated as employees of the Banana Board.  The proposed post of Catastrophe Fund Manager remained vacant as the size of the fund cannot entertain such an appointment.

In the period from April 2010 to March 2011 four more technical officers were employed to increase the complement of field and laboratory staff from 13 in 2009/10 to 17 in 2010/11. One contract with the EU was successfully concluded and another grant was successfully awarded for ongoing projects. Support services and technical innovations were being provided to support agri-businesses in the banana and plantain subsector. These complement the high technology services to primary producers; certification of farms and ripening enterprises; collection of production and productivity data for the domestic market and general liaison with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, All Island Banana Growers Association (AIBGA) and other stakeholders in the industry.

Support was given to four consultancy teams who were contracted by the Government of Jamaica to determine needs of the public sector and industry specific organizations in the new paradigm. The teams were: (1) the Public Sector Transformation Unit, (2) the Gordon Alert Team for needs assessment of the AIBGA, (3) the Focal Point team for the rationalization of the commodity boards and (4) the Banana and Plantain Market Study. Rationalization of the Banana Board is expected to take place over the next three years. Findings of the studies are not yet published but implementation of appropriate and relevant findings in the future will increase competitive advantage of industry institutions. They will improve comparative advantage and national development. They will also determine the finalization of the National Banana Industry Policy, which was drafted by MOAF in 2009.

 

 

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