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New coffee regulations in place

Monday, November 20, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Karl Samuda has announced that regulations to ensure that all coffee that is imported, packaged and sold locally is mixed with Jamaican green beans are now in place.

The minister made the announcement yesterday, while addressing farmers at the inaugural Coffee Industry Symposium at the Chinese Benevolent Association.

According to Samuda, when people import coffee, mix it with cheap imported beans and sell that product to hotels as coffee that is processed and packaged in Jamaica, it cheapens and destroys the reputation of the Jamaican coffee brand.

“That is why, without fear or favour, with the constitutional authority vested in me as the minister I took the decision to implement a regulation that says from hence forth no coffee will be packaged and sold in Jamaica if it does not contain Jamaican coffee,” said Samuda.

The Coffee Industry (Amendment Regulations 2017) came into effect on November 15. They stipulate that coffee that is packaged and sold in Jamaica must include at least 20 per cent Jamaican coffee.

Samuda, who has been encouraging coffee farmers to increase their productivity, said the regulations should serve as encouragement to produce more High Mountain Coffee.

“Use that to blend with the Blue Mountain, so that we will have a totally Jamaican coffee brand,” added Samuda.

The agriculture minister also warned against breaching the regulations, which comes with hefty fines or a term of imprisonment.

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