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In August 2016 the Plant Quarantine Produce Inspection Branch (PQPI), the Research and Development and Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) began surveillance activities for the emergent disease Frosty Pod Rod (Moniliophthora roreri) affecting coca pods. The disease was first confirmed in August in Friendship, Clarendon.
Subsequently, the plant Quarantine Produce Inspection Branch was asked to audit and assume responsibility for the management of the disease in September 2017.
The parishes Clarendon, St. Catherine, Portland, St Thomas, St Andrew and St Mary were resurveyed in October 2017 to assess the disease status, and the extent of the spread. The survey findings revealed that the disease has spread significantly in four of the six parishes surveyed. With the frosty pod rot disease of cocoa being reported to cause 80- 100% loss in production, the cocoa industry is at considerable threat.
The primary responsibilities of the position are to implement frosty pod management activities within the frosty pod infected parishes and other related sites. To conduct audit and spot checks to ensure infected areas are tripped, limed, pruned and sprayed in accordance with frosty pod management strategies and protocols.
Required Skills, Knowledge And Competencies
Qualifications & Experience
Suitable person should possess the following qualifications:
This contract will be for seven (7) months.