SRC-Cat­a­lyst for na­tional devel­op­ment


LAUNCHED AS the prin­ci­pal pub­lic-sec­tor agency of Ja­maica with re­spon­si­bil­ity for the pro­mo­tion and co­or­di­na­tion of sci­en­tific re­search and the ap­pli­ca­tion of its re­sults through the trans­fer of tech­nolo­gies in sup­port of na­tional devel­op­ment, the Sci­en­tific Re­search Coun­cil (SRC) came into be­ing on June 1960 through the pass­ing of an act of Par­lia­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Nor­man W. Man­ley (for­mer premier and na­tional hero of Ja­maica).

In ac­cor­dance with its man­date, the pro­jects and ac­tiv­i­ties of the SRC are de­signed to sup­port the growth and devel­op­ment of the lo­cal agro-in­dus­trial sec­tor through re­search, adap­ta­tion of avail­able tech­nolo­gies, cre­ation of new and ap­pro­pri­ate tech­nolo­gies, the pro­vi­sion of train­ing, tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance and con­sul­tancy ser­vices geared at the devel­op­ment and es­tab­lish­ment of mi­cro, small and medium-sized en­ter­prises.

Pro­jects un­der­taken by the SRC have re­sulted in in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity and yield, ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties, em­ploy­ment cre­ation and in­come gen­er­a­tion, cost re­duc­tion, in­creased qual­ity stan­dards, food safety and the es­tab­lish­ment/devel­op­ment of in­dus­tries. The SRC sat­is­fies the pro­cess­ing needs over 60 MSMEs an­nu­ally.

Through qual­ity con­trol pro­grammes and strin­gent mon­i­tor­ing, the SRC con­tin­ues to of­fer first­class ser­vice to Ja­maica. As part of its con­tin­ued ef­fort to­wards im­prov­ing cus­tomer re­la­tion­ship through ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion, im­proved ef­fi­ciency and con­sis­tency in pro­ce­dures, the SRC ob­tained the pres­ti­gious ISO 9001:2015 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and is also the proud owner of its own reg­is­tered cer­ti­fi­ca­tion mark — a sym­bol of ex­cel­lence de­not­ing safety and qual­ity.

The coun­cil’s un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­ity through the sup­port of the lo­cal agro­pro­cess­ing in­dus­try is wit­nessed through its ac­com­plish­ments over its 50 plus years.


1984 — Devel­op­ment of So­lar Crop Dryer, de­signed to dry spices, nuts, fruits and veg­eta­bles to ob­tain higher earn­ings. SRC en­cour­aged small farm­ers and ex­porters to use so­lar dry­ing tech­nol­ogy to pre­serve pineap­ple, pa­paya, man­goes, peanuts, peas,

IS­tu­dents are all smiles as they re­ceive the first place award for their per­for­mance from SRC’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Dr Cliff Ri­ley, at the SRC Open House Day 2015.

ginger, pep­per and ba­nana.

Ex­tended shelf-life of trop­i­cal fruits and veg­eta­bles and di­min­ished loss in­curred dur­ing stor­age. Led to the devel­op­ment of value added foods

1984 — In­tro­duced New Va­ri­ety of Sugar - Worked with SIRI to­wards in­tro­duc­ing a new va­ri­ety of sugar cane, called en­ergy cane, that would yield a higher in­crease in su­crose con­tent and greater vol­ume of mo­lasses and fi­bre.

1984 — SRC adapted Bio­gas/Anaer­o­bic Tech­nol­ogy to pro­mote the use of al­ter­nate sources of en­ergy and to sup­ple­ment to­tal en­ergy de­mand, utilise waste and pro­vide or­ganic fer­tiliser. These sys­tems pro­duce bio­gas, or­ganic fer­tiliser and treated waste­water that can be used for irrigation or re­turned to water bod­ies with­out caus­ing harm.

1996 — Devel­op­ment of Biodi­gester Sep­tic Tanks (BST) to re­place soak away pits. To date, SRC has com­mis­sioned over 500 BST’s to treat farm, agro-pro­cess­ing, in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial waste is­land­wide.

III2002 — Devel­op­ment of Upflow Anaer­o­bic Sludge Blan­ket (UASB) Re­ac­tor that utilises bio­gas/anaer­o­bic tech­nol­ogy to ef­fi­ciently treat com­plex in­dus­trial, agro-pro­cess­ing and mu­nic­i­pal waste.

Es­tab­lish­ment of a lo­cal sor­rel in­dus­try - that now boasts a new va­ri­ety of sor­rel, known as the ‘Bash­ment Sor­rel’. The in­dus­try now has over 15 prod­ucts such as jams, pre­serves, sauces, tea and juices on the mar­ket.

Through Tis­sue Cul­ture Tech­nol­ogy, has pro­vided dis­ease-free plant­ing ma­te­rial to the farm­ing com­mu­nity in flex­i­ble eco­nomic quan­ti­ties; pre­serv­ing en­dan­gered species and con­serv­ing plants of eco­nomic im­por­tance.

Pro­duc­tion of Ir­ish potato mi­cro tu­bers us­ing Tem­po­ral Im­mer­sion Sys­tem (TIS) en­abling sup­ply of lo­cal mar­ket and re­duc­tion in im­por­ta­tion needs.

Molec­u­lar char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of our lo­cal ginger va­ri­ety.

Re­search to Im­pact Health & Well­ness - SRC sup­port­ing lo­cal nu­traceu­ti­cal in­dus­try by ex­e­cut­ing re­search; train­ing of

IIIIIIen­trepreneurs; and de­vel­op­ing value added food and per­sonal care prod­ucts.

The Nat­u­ral Prod­ucts Unit ad­min­is­tered diben­zyl trisul­phide (ex­tract from Guinea Hen Weed) orally in old mice and dis­cov­ered that it caused sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in thymic weight. The thy­mus is an im­mune or­gan that reg­u­lates the devel­op­ment of dis­ease in the hu­man body as it ages. This work has im­pli­ca­tions for treat­ment of dis­eases as­so­ci­ated with age­ing. Guinea Hen Weed is also known for its an­ti­cancer prop­er­ties.

Ex­e­cuted tests on 100 lo­cal plants used in tra­di­tional medicine and was able to iso­late anti-ox­i­dant ac­tiv­ity spe­cific to treat­ment of var­i­ous ail­ments.

SRC de­vised a method of de­ter­min­ing an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory ac­tiv­ity of nat­u­ral and syn­thetic com­pounds. This serves as a means of pre­vent­ing an­i­mals from be­ing used in ex­per­i­ments. SRC’s worth is not un­no­ticed by the cor­po­rate world as is ev­i­dence through var­i­ous patents

IIIand awards re­ceived over the years.


2006 — Biodi­gester Sep­tic Tank (BST).

2014 — SRC re­ceived two patents for Air Water Lift Sys­tem (AWL) and Im­pound­ment Tanks to sup­port com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of feed for or­na­men­tal fish and ma­rine shrimp.

Shares patent with UWI for devel­op­ment of nat­u­ral pes­ti­cide from lo­cal plant


1999 - Win­ner in­ter­na­tional food award - Cana­dian Fancy Food Show for the best new food item - Sor­rel Chut­ney

2004 - the Coun­cil re­ceived the Gleaner Com­pany’s Hon­our Award for Ex­cel­lence in Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy

2008 - Re­ceived in­ter­na­tional qual­ity cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ISO 9001: 2000 (Now ISO 9001:2015 cer­ti­fied)

2010 - SRC’s An­a­lyt­i­cal Lab was the first to be ac­cred­ited - ISO 17025 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

2010 - SRC was nom­i­nated by the Ja­maica Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion (JEA) for Pro­vid­ing Out­stand­ing Con­sul­tancy Ser­vices.

SRC, proud re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious, in­ter­na­tional Green Ap­ple En­vi­ron­men­tal Award

IIIIIIAVAILABLE TECH­NOLO­GIES and SER­VICES - Pack­aged Just For You! Food Tech­nol­ogy Devel­op­ment and op­ti­mi­sa­tion of new prod­ucts and pro­cesses

eval­u­a­tion - helps to en­sure mar­ket ac­cep­tance of prod­uct

Ac­cess to Food Pi­lot Plant with cer­ti­fied food tech­nol­o­gists (for per­sons with­out ac­cess to fac­tory).

Pack­aged food for­mu­la­tions — raw ma­te­rial se­lec­tion, pro­cess­ing; process flow; pack­ag­ing; good man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices; equip­ment needs.

Con­sul­tancy ser­vices — fac­tory lay­out and equip­ment guide; use of ap­pro­pri­ate pack­ag­ing; shelf life stud­ies; nu­tri­tional la­belling.

An­a­lyt­i­cal Ser­vices — food, water and waste­water

Train­ing cour­ses in food pro­cess­ing; es­sen­tial oils and devel­op­ment of per­sonal care prod­ucts; tis­sue cul­ture; treat­ment and main­te­nance of waste­water treat­ment sys­tems.

In­for­ma­tion on re­new­able en­ergy; sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion

School sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices — En­hance teach­ing of sci­ence in schools.



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