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Jamaica Broilers Business Model Praised by Both Parties

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2016 | 1:32 PM
Opposition Leader Andrew Holness (left) is delighted at what Christopher Levy (right), president and chief executive officer of Jamaica Broilers, had to say, while J.C. Hutchinson (second left), opposition spokesman on Agriculture and Fisheries, and Racquel Watson, brand manager of Reggae Jammin and Hamilton’s Smokehouse, look on.

Members of the Government and Opposition continue to show an interest in the vertically integrated systems used by the Jamaica Broilers Group (JBG) to drive its operations to meet international standards.

The most recent visit was made by Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness; Daryl Vaz, member of parliament for West Portland; and J.C. Hutchinson, opposition spokesman on Agriculture and Fisheries, on Friday, January 22, on a tour of the facilities. They visited Hi-Pro ACE Supercentre and Best Dressed Chicken Hatchery, both at White Marl; Best Dressed Feed Mill, Freetown; the head office of the JBG at McCook's Pen; and the Best Dressed Chicken Processing and Best Dressed Further Processing plants, both at Spring Village in St Catherine.

At the end of the tour, Holness described the JBG's operations as a fine example of a Jamaican entity that has not relied on market protection to expand, but has achieved success through capital investment and the creation of jobs for more than 2,000 Jamaicans.

"In terms of systems and management, this company is a first-world operation of which Jamaica can be proud. But what I admire most is that Jamaica Broilers continues to innovate, which is critical to sustainability," Holness said.

In recent weeks, Minister of Finance Dr Peter Phillips and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier have also toured the facility.