South Manchester Herbs & Spices Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Limited

  • Group Name: South Manchester Herbs & Spices Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Limited
  • Project Name: South Manchester Herbs & Spices Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Limited
  • Type of Venture: Agriculture and Agro Processing – drying facility for herbs & spices
  • Sponsors:
  • Start Date: May 2012

Description of Project:

Presently, farmers plant, grow and dry different herbs & spices at their homes. The Co-operative society now has a centralized drying facility, which was acquired through Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) (Rural Economic Development Initiatives).Based on this achievement the group will be able to buy fresh herbs & spices from farmers across South Manchester and dry these products effectively to be sold to Tea Manufacturers. The Cooperative society has two (2) containers that will be used as a drying facility and the other will be used for an office. Commercial operation will commence in March 2015.  

Aim of the project

To provide pathogenic micro-organism free herbs & spices to their suppliers & potential suppliers. To provide employment for residents To provide drying & grinding services to interested parties To undertake research into processing techniques and additional usage of approved products To expand to include packaging and production of by-products  

Objectives

To enhance the economic welfare of its members by improving the production of pathogenic micro-organism free herbs and spices and their by-products.

Our Vision:

To enhance the social and economic landscape of communities and their members with emphasis on youth development within South Manchester through their participation and utilization of research and technology in Agro-processing.

Our Mission:

To advance the production and distribution of pathogenic, micro-organism free agricultural products and their by-products whilst advancing the socio-economic development of our members and South Manchester.

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Project Data
Currently Employs 0 Persons
Business Plan Yes
Project Value $20,995,089.85

Needs

Training in business plan
Marketing & promotion
Need furniture (desk, chairs, filing cabinet, & computer) for office space
Stainless steel trays for the drying of herbs.
Need of storage facility for receiving and dispatching of herbs & spices
Need grills on containers for security purposes

Challenges

Road leading to facility needs attention (fixing)

The need to implement methods/measures of harvesting water which will be used within the facilities.

Contacts

Mrs. Doris Lewis
Chairman
Tel #:291-8854/837-9108

Mr. Norman Wright
Assistant Treasurer
Tel #: 817-5941/392-2308
* 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.