A GI­ANT in agri­cul­ture

Jamaica Gleaner - - CLASSIFIED­S -

RAM­SAY PA­TRICK Rose, known as Pat Rose to col­leagues, made his tran­si­tion on May 3. Although sad­dened by his pass­ing, mem­bers of the Ja­maica Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (JAS), T. Ged­des Grant and other stake­hold­ers cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tions he made to the agri­cul­tural sec­tor. Through­out his life, he al­ways showed a pas­sion for agri­cul­ture, which started with him be­ing a Ja­maica 4-H Clubs club­bite, and in 1963 he placed sec­ond in the Cat­tle Judg­ing at 4-H Na­tional Achieve­ment Week. His pro­fes­sional jour­ney started when he grad­u­ated from the Ja­maica School of Agri­cul­ture in 1967 and shortly af­ter joined the Co­conut Board Re­search Depart­ment as an agron­o­mist. He worked in the Botany Depart­ment, where he con­trib­uted to Co­conut Lethal

Yel­low­ing Dis­ease Re­search, cross-breed­ing of co­conuts; Malayan Dwarf with Panama Tall to pro­duce ‘May­pan Hy­brid’, which is re­sis­tant to Lethal Yel­low­ing Dis­ease; also ar­rang­ing the Co­conut Tree Im­mu­nity tri­als through­out Ja­maica.

In March 1971, he joined An­tilles Chem­i­cal Com­pany (fer­tiliser man­u­fac­turer) as an agron­o­mist, where he was in­volved in both fer­tiliser and spac­ing tri­als on Ir­ish potato and other crops on dif­fer­ent soil types to ar­rive at the ef­fi­cient pro­duc­tion growth in Ja­maica. He pro­gressed in the com­pany by be­ing pro­moted to mar­ket­ing man­ager then to gen­eral man­ager, and even­tu­ally be­came the pres­i­dent and CEO of the com­pany un­til 2006. In con­junc­tion with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, the Ja­maica Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety and other agri­cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tions spon­sored 15 farm­ers’ train­ing days an­nu­ally through the An­tilles Chem­i­cal Com­pany for over 36 years across the is­land, with a fo­cus on in­creas­ing farm­ers’ pro­duc­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

In 2007, he joined T. Ged­des Grant Lim­ited Agri­cul­tural Di­vi­sion as the gen­eral man­ager and worked with farm­ers is­land­wide do­ing soil test­ing and ad­vis­ing on best prac­tices. He ini­ti­ated and spon­sored the First Cham­pion Woman Com­pe­ti­tion in 2013 for the Den­bigh Agri­cul­tural Show, which T. Ged­des Grant still spon­sors.

In 2004, he was ap­pointed as a board mem­ber of the Ja­maica 4-H Clubs to 2018, and elected as di­rect mem­ber rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the JAS Board of Man­age­ment. He also served on JA­MAL Board un­til 2007.

In 1997, he was awarded the United Na­tions Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion medal in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tion to Agri­cul­ture in Ja­maica.

Rose was also a mem­ber of the Ki­wa­nis Club of North St An­drew since 1986, and served as di­rec­tor and vi­cepres­i­dent within the 33 years of mem­ber­ship.

Pat Rose in ac­tion as he trains farm­ers to use agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.

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