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Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Tomato juice imports curbed

The importation of tomato juice can now only be done on licence by the Trade Board. This order was made by the Hon Robert Lightbourne, minister of trade and industry, yesterday as part of the ministry's programme for the protection of local industry, and the building up of Jamaican sales.

Tomato juice is manufactured locally by Jamaica Vegetables Limited, in the Bull Savannah area of St Elizabeth.

Tomato juice has been imported from the United Kingdom, Canada, United States (US), Italy and Switzerland to the volume of about 130,000 tins yearly.

The Trade Board, at the same time, prohibited the importation of citrus products, unless the importation is made on specific licences. This has been done to protect the local orange juice trade, affected by the importation of juices from the US.

Dockers' strike still on

Representatives of the Shipping Association of Jamaica and the waterfront unions failed yesterday to settle the strike of some 30 port workers at the Princess Street Wharf.

The men walked off their jobs of unloading rice from the vessel Artemis on Monday on the ground that the system of unloading from the ship's hatch, directly into trucks on the wharf, was dangerous to them.

At an emergency meeting of the Joint Industrial Council for the waterfront yesterday morning, the shippers rejected demands from the unions - the BITU, UPW&SU and the TCC - that the method of unloading rice into trucks should be changed.

It is the second strike by port workers during the past two months over the question of unloading rice directly into trucks on the wharf.

Port workers at Lyons Wharf went on a short strike recently over the same issue. The Shipping Association maintained that the method was an established one on the waterfront.

Anti-VD drive starts tonight

The 'Harmony in the Homes' movement's health crusade, with emphasis on venereal disease (VD), will be launched at the corner of Hagley Park and Waltham Park roads at 7:30 tonight.

Speakers will be the Hon Clement Tavares, minister of housing; Dr Philip Boyd, principal medical officer; Dr E.S. Sutherland, VD specialist; and Dr Deta Evans of the Ministry of Health; Lt Col Frank Saunders of The Salvation Army; Professor Oscar Harriott; Mr F.A. Johnstone, president of the Friendly Societies; and Mr Ralph Cole, founder of the movement.

Messages from the Hon Dr Herbert Eldemire, minister of health, and Mr Cole will be read by the Reverend Cleve Grant.

Bureau of Health Education pamphlets will be distributed throughout the campaign.

Newland told needs of Cockburn Pen

The minister of labour, the Hon Lynden Newland, was told the needs of citizens in the Cockburn Pen area on Friday.

A deputation of the Citizen's Council for the area which waited on the minister told him that outside workers were employed on projects in the area although able-bodied workers were available.

The deputation made representation on behalf of citizens in Majesty Pen, New Light City and Hunts Bay. It referred to the Hunts Bay reclamation project and factories in the areas at which workers in the immediate areas were not employed.

The minister was also urged to use his influence to secure employment for citizens in the areas who were registered at the Kingston Employment Bureau, and also to take up the question of registration of unemployed persons with the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, as was done years ago, in order to ensure that not only one section of persons were employed by that body.

Gov't plans farm-education scheme

A scheme of agricultural education for the island, in which training will be offered to students of farming "at all levels," is being planned by the Government.

The Hon John P. Gyles, minister of agriculture and lands, told of the plan on Saturday at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Agricultural Society St James Association of Branch Societies, held in the Sudbury Primary School, near Adelphi.

Chief guest speaker Gyles was speaking of the policy in agricultural education pursued by the previous government. He spoke with particular reference to a project, which he said had been discovered to convert the Knocalva Practical Training Centre into a technical high school like Dinthill and Holmwood.