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Newport Fersan introduces fertiliser

Monday, July 16, 2018

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The Government and Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited have partnered to provide over 28,000 bags of newly formulated fertiliser to coffee farmers islandwide.

Dubbed “coffee-lizer”, the product is designed for application to coffee trees for the prevention and correction of soil nutrient deficiency, when used as part of a balanced fertility programme.

It is being distributed under the Fertilizer Assistance Supplies and Training (FAST) Programme which was established by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries last year.

Several bags of the coffee-lizer were symbolically handed over to the Agriculture Ministry during a ceremony at Newport Fersan's Wherry Wharf Complex location in Kingston, on Friday.

Portfolio minister Audley Shaw said this fertiliser distribution programme is in keeping with the Government's thrust to rebuild the coffee industry, and noted that the special formulation will help to significantly improve the sector's productivity.

Shaw praised Newport Fersan “for the ingenuity in coming up with a fertiliser that is custom-designed for coffee”.

Newport Fersan Managing Director Dennis Valdez said his company is presenting a product that is unique to Jamaica, “just as the flavour profile of our coffee is unique to the world”.

“We have seen where coffee-lizer, if used as prescribed, will give you the yields whilst not breaking the bank,” he said.

Under the FAST programme, the company was tasked with developing and distributing approximately 321 metric tonnes of coffee-lizer to nine coffee entities which will, in turn, distribute to the coffee farmers. Distribution of the product began last month.

Coffee-lizer was developed over a two-year period.

Newport Fersan, the nation's leading blender and supplier of fertilisers, developed the product based on the topography of the land, phenological stages (flowering) of the coffee trees, and the nutrients needed for the optimal growth and production of coffee trees.

Friday's handing over ceremony was organised in collaboration with the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority.

—JIS

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