Hi-Pro stores islandwide will soon be providing farmers with a way to combat scarcity among some locally grown foods through the introduction of its PanDia seeds.
Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, Tricia Jackson, store operations manager at Hi-Pro Ace in White Marl St Catherine, explained that the seeds will complement the company’s agronomy portfolio.
“We have a portfolio of agronomy products which include fertilisers, chemicals and equipment and it’s a complementary product so it completes the organic agronomy portfolio that we currently have,” she said.
“So what we’re going to start is open pollinated seeds; we’re going to do research on new varieties [to go along with the seeds that we already have] that are more disease-resistant and aids in productivity of our farmers,” she continued.
The official marketing of the seeds began on Monday, January 21.
Jackson said that the products created following the research will be launched at this year’s staging of the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial show in Clarendon.
Having been promoted from the pharmaceutical department to her new role, she highlighted her hands-on experience with the company’s farmers.