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JPS Receives Innovation Award from Pesticide Control Authority

Published:Monday | January 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Hugh Hamilton, Jamaica Public Service, manager for the Pole Rehabilitation Programme, displays the award for Most Innovative Low Toxicity Pesticide registered in 2014, which was received from the Jamaica Pesticide Control Authority.

Energy provider the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has received the award for the Most Innovative Low Toxicity Pesticide registered in 2014 from the Pesticides Control Authority.

The company's recognition for use of the Bor8Rod pesticide (from the United States) came as a result of the product's application in JPS's pole rehabilitation programme, which is now under way to extend the life of wooden electrical poles. The intervention targets pole rot, one of the leading causes of compromised wooden poles, by preventing and or controlling the growth of wood-eating fungus, termites, and other wood borers.

The Bor8Rod is environmentally friendly as the active ingredients have exceptionally low toxicity for non-target organisms, especially humans, livestock and domestic animals.

Hugh Hamilton, JPS manager for the Pole Rehabilitation Programme, said the use of the pesticide "will significantly decrease the company's need to replace wooden poles by extending the service life of the poles by up to 20 years".

The environmentally friendly product will be utilised islandwide in 2015.