Saturday 15 August, 2020

JP St Mary’s Farm plants seeds of hope for quarantined residents

Simone Saunderson (left), assistant depot manager at JP St. Mary’s Farms and Councillor for the Annotto Bay Division of the St Mary Municipal Corporation Hugh Bryan (right)delivered a care package on behalf of JP St. Mary’s Farms to an elderly resident in Annotto Bay.

Simone Saunderson (left), assistant depot manager at JP St. Mary’s Farms and Councillor for the Annotto Bay Division of the St Mary Municipal Corporation Hugh Bryan (right)delivered a care package on behalf of JP St. Mary’s Farms to an elderly resident in Annotto Bay.

JP St Mary’s Farms, a subsidiary of JP Tropical Group, has stepped in to bridge the demand for essential supplies for both its farm employees and the most vulnerable residents of Annotto Bay and surrounding communities with the delivery of well-stocked care packages.

In response to the 14-day quarantine of Annotto Bay, Enfield, and Dover beginning Thursday, May 7, JP St. Mary’s Farms with the assistance of Councillor for the Annotto Bay Division of the St. Mary Municipal Corporation Hugh Bryan dispatched care packages to residents of Annotto Bay on in tandem with COVID-19 relief efforts.

“St Mary is our home and where we work to cultivate, harvest and deliver fresh healthy food in that of our ripe bananas, green bananas, coconuts and pineapples,” declared Mario Figueroa, general manager at JP Farms. “We always look after our family, so naturally we sought to connect with our neighbours in Annotto Bay to see how we could best assist by providing aid.”

“We must extend heartfelt thanks to Councillor Hugh Bryan in ensuring our packages made it to the most vulnerable residents in Annotto Bay and surrounding communities.”

The care packages contained JP St Mary’s ripe bananas, and pineapples; rice, flour, canned goods, bath soap, detergent and toilet tissue in addition to donations from our partner Wisynco Group of cornflakes, sugar, and Wata, and a donation of Tropicana juices from Pepsi.

Items in the care packages included JP St Mary’s ripe bananas, green bananas and pineapples; rice, flour, canned goods, bath soap, detergent and toilet tissue in addition to donations from the Wisynco Group of cornflakes, sugar, and Wata, and a donation of Tropicana juices from Pepsi.  

According to Figueroa, current measures implemented at the facilities in St Mary aim to secure the safety and livelihood of the employees and its operations.

“During this period, the welfare of our employees, in addition to our other stakeholders is priority,” noted Figueroa. “We would like to assure the public that JP St. Mary’s Farms maintains strict adherence to stringent Global Good Agricultural Practices and quality standards and we remain committed to provide fresh and quality products to Jamaicans.”

Despite the restriction of movement, JP St Mary’s Farms initiated discussions with the authorities to ensure minimal impact on farm operations, which are just outside of the affected area. 

Team members have also participated in training sessions to ensure strict adherence to the most recent workplace guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

A strategic business continuity plan is active in the operations to ensure JP Farms is able to meet the demands of trade partners and consumers.

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