Mt. Peto CDC Pepper Project

  • Group Name: Mt. Peto CDC Pepper Project
  • Project Name: Mt. Peto CDC Pepper Project
  • Type of Venture: Agriculture
  • Sponsors:
  • Start Date: April, 2015

Description of Project:

Description of Venture: The Mt. Peto CDC Pepper Project, formally entitled “Developing through Job Creation; Income Generation to Fuel a Generation” arose out of a desire for community development. With an unemployment rate of (~85-89%) and a populace that lacks skills and/or job opportunities, the Mt. Peto CDC was desirous of undertaking a venture that would provide members of the CDC and by extension the community, with an opportunity for income generation. The venture was also initiated with the long-term goal of eventually being able to assist in taking care of organizational and other expenses associated with small-scale projects to be undertaken by the CDC. Through a grant from the Social Development Commission’s Governance Capacity Grant Fund along with financial assistance from the Hopewell Development Area Committee (HDAC), the CDC was able to invest in the purchase of pepper seeds which were planted on community land. To this point, 500 pepper seedlings have been planted with 55lbs already reaped for a profit. The venture has also aroused local community and foreign interest and has been able to engage eight (8) residents. Though the residents involved have not yet benefitted directly in terms of income, it is expected that this will happen eventually with the regular sale of peppers. It is also anticipated that reaping will realize the second project objective of supplying pepper for pineapple pepper sauce produced by another local economic initiative within the community.

Aim of the Venture:

The aim of this venture is to create job opportunities for residents of the Mt. Peto community through agro-processing.

Objectives:

  • To create job opportunities for at least ten (10) residents through agro-processing.
  • To purchase pepper seeds to bolster the supply systems for the processing of the pineapple pepper sauce.

Our Vision:

The Mt. Peto Community Development Committee envisions an educated and empowered community, adequately furnished with the basic infrastructure and amenities that consistently provides its citizens with opportunities for gainful employment, income generation as well as a safe and healthy place to live in pursuit of civic responsibility and pride.

Our Mission:

To foster increased levels of community participation and entrepreneurial activities; through sustained efforts to build the holistic capacity of citizens, to contribute to our community’s development; along with the engagement of the public and private sectors in a manner characterized by fairness, equity and responsibility.

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Project Data
Currently Employs 8 Persons
Business Plan No
Project Value $50,000

Needs

The project has flourished to this point through the hard efforts of the members involved. There are however needs that if met, would make the project even more successful. These include:

• The need for an onsite water system (e.g. tanks) to make the process of watering the plants easier and less time consuming. Plants are currently hand watered (~20 gallons daily) and this proves to be a very tedious process.
• The need for additional fencing to keep animals out. The group has erected temporary fencing, however this has not been sufficient to prevent animals from sometimes getting inside the pepper enclosure.
• The venture could also benefit from additional funding to contribute to its sustainability.

Challenges

• Improper management of community animals (especially goats). This has posed a challenge for growing plants.

• Drought which has called for innovative ways of keeping plants adequately hydrated.

Contacts

Mr. Patrick Service
(876)367-7424
junior.servic@yahoo.com
* Data was compiled from socio-economic survey conducted by SDC, 2009. A comprehensive community profile of Rose Heights Community can be obtained at the St. James 1 Albion Road, Montego Bay, St. James.