SRC em­pow­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties

Jamaica Gleaner - - SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH COUNCIL -

Prof Er­rol Mor­ri­son (left), di­rec­tor gen­eral, NCST and chair­man of the Sci­en­tific Re­search Coun­cil high­lights the ben­e­fits of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy at a press launch held in ob­ser­vance of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Month. Oth­ers from sec­ond left are: Dr An­drew Wheat­ley, min­is­ter of sci­ence, en­ergy and tech­nol­ogy; Dr Cliff Ri­ley, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, SRC; and Rose­lyn Fisher, mar­ket­ing and cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, SRC.

MOST THINGS come at a cost these days as we ex­ist in an era where the dol­lar is king. This pe­riod is driven by mone­tary ex­change where very few ser­vices or goods are ob­tained with­out dig­ging deep in our pock­ets. One St Cather­ine com­mu­nity, how­ever, is an ex­cep­tion to this rule as they have been for­tu­nate ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Sci­en­tific Re­search Coun­cil’s (SRC), Com­mu­nity Outreach Pro­gramme.

The SRC, in re­sponse to the ca­pac­ity devel­op­ment needs of this com­mu­nity, of­fered free con­sul­tancy ser­vices on fac­tory lay­out and de­sign; equip­ment se­lec­tion; train­ing in juice pro­cess­ing; prod­uct devel­op­ment; good man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices and strate­gic mar­ket­ing. This is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of the SRC em­pow­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties to gen­er­ate wealth through the ap­pli­ca­tion of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions.

The Top Moun­tain Com­mu­nity group is now pre­pared to ven­ture into the world of busi­ness.

The Top Moun­tain Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee had a his­tory in juice pro­duc­tion, but was never for­mally trained, which ham­pered its abil­ity to op­ti­mise out­put.

The SRC, through the in­ter­ven­tion of its com­mu­nity devel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor Yanique Rodgers, Carolyn RoseMiller, mar­ket re­search of­fi­cer, and Valmo Wyn­ter, food tech­nol­o­gist and team leader, prod­uct re­search and devel­op­ment was able to ex­e­cute the req­ui­site train­ing and tech­ni­cal ad­vice needed by the group. Their train­ing was fur­ther en­hanced through the devel­op­ment of a pineap­ple base juice for­mu­la­tion that was made avail­able to the group free of cost.

With this for­mu­la­tion Top Moun­tain can ex­er­cise con­fi­dence in their juice pro­duc­tion on a com­mer­cial scale. The for­mu­la­tion also en­sures that good man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices are ob­served to main­tain prod­uct qual­ity. The SRC Com­mu­nity Outreach Pro­gramme has as­sisted sev­eral com­mu­nity groups from Port­more, Jac­ques Road, Au­gust Town, Trench Town and a num­ber of school groups in­clud­ing 4H clubs.

Other groups across the is­land are sched­uled to come on stream in short or­der. The Top Moun­tain group and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of ad­join­ing com­mu­ni­ties that were trained have since im­proved on their juice prod­ucts and have ac­quired more cus­tomers and profit as a re­sult. With SRC’s in­ter­ven­tion the Top Moun­tain group saved ap­prox­i­mately $199,683 and is to­day armed with the nec­es­sary ex­per­tise to un­dergo pro­duc­tion and suc­cess­ful mar­ket­ing of their prod­ucts.

OUTREACH

The SRC is work­ing with the So­cial Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion to iden­tity promis­ing com­mu­nity groups in need of as­sis­tance. The outreach pro­gramme is di­rectly con­nected to the the SRC’s thrust to pop­u­larise sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy with em­pha­sis on its im­por­tance and im­pact on so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment. The SRC is com­mit­ted to util­is­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion to as­sist MSMEs such as Top Moun­tain to build ca­pac­ity and gen­er­ate wealth. 1990 - Dr Lawrence Wil­liams

1991- Dr An­dre Gor­don 1992- Dr Dan Ram­dath 1993- Dr Dale Web­ber 1 9 9 4- Donna Lewis 1995- Max Wellington 1996- Dr Paula Ten­nant

1997- Dr Dwight Robin­son

1 9 9 8 - Ti­mon Waugh

1 9 9 9 - The Pro­ject, UTech Stu­dents In­for­ma­tion Kiosk

2000 - Dr Mar­cia Royes

2001 - Dr Lyn­don John­son

2 0 0 2 - Dr An­drew Wheat­ley

2003 - Dr Max­ine Gos­sell-Wil­liams

2004 - Dr Mishka Sten­nett

2005 - Dr Michael A. Tay­lor

2006 - Dr Cliff Ri­ley

2007 - Sey­mour Web­ster

2010 - Dr Si­mone Badal 2012- Dr Charah Wat­son 2014- Dr Nadale Ri­ley

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