A GIANT in agriculture
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.