Participants were selected from across the Jams and Jellies sector; these included the Christian Valley Agricultural Division, Central Marketing Corporation, distributors of the finished product, and small farmers. Several Agro-processors, who are the producers of the jams and jellies, were also in attendance. Feedback from these groups was essential in identifying concerns and needs within the sector.
Support institutions to the value chain such as ABBS, Analytical Services Division, IICA and CROSQ also participated fully in elaborating the Action Plan.
ACTION PLAN: CALIDENA VALUE CHAIN FOR JAMS AND JELLIES
|Sanitary and quality management at company level||Adapt HACCPRequest Training to the ABBS||Owner/operation manager or supervisor||Within 12 months|
|Upgrading the capabilities of the lab to support the sector||
|Request for a National standard for jams and jellies||Processors make formal request to the ABBS||The president of the agro-processors association||Within 1 week|
|Technical regulation for labeling||Technical regulation to be finalized – gazette notice with implementation date||ABBS and Legal Affairs||To be determined|
|Guide for good agriculture practices for fruits (harvesting and post harvesting handling)||
|Training in specific standards||Select standards and design workshop format||ABBS and Support Organizations (CROSQ/IICA)||Within 3 months|
|Information material about results (poster broachers)||Promotional material, media, workshops||Action plan committee||Within 2 months|
To implement and monitor the Action Plan developed, the CALIDENA Implementation Committee of Antigua & Barbuda was formed. The members of this Committee are:
- Ministry of Agriculture
- Analytical Services Division
- Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority
- Antigua and Barbuda Bureau of Standards
- Antigua and Barbuda Agro processors Association
- Industry and Commerce
Participants agreed they gained important information with respect to Quality Infrastructure and a better understanding of each other’s role and expectations within the Value Chain.