Category Archives: Agri-Life
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Thank you so much for the attention you have given to the Sorrel Machine
project. You are key in helping us get to the next level in its success.
The video was put together very professionally, clear and concise. We keep
watching it over and over! We look forward to its response and your
continued efforts to expose us.”
JAMAICAN SORREL PICKING MACHINE NEW!
After the visit of a Mexican team of engineers to Jamaica to demonstrate
the operation of a Sorrel Harvesting Machine, the Rural Agricultural
Development Authority (RADA) received contact information for a local
innovator, who had designed his own version of a sorrel picking machine.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (MOAF) Roger Clarke visited Oral
Turner the local inventor on December 22 – 2012 – to assess the credibility
of the machine that has been local built.
The local version of the Sorrel Harvesting Machine is a uniquely simple and
efficient piece of equipment, which operates differently from it’s Mexican
Harvested sorrel (not twigs) go into machine, which separate the seed
chamber from the flower.
Sorrel plants can be harvested over a period of time (the Mexican machine
requires the harvesting of twigs, which is usually a one time harvesting
and not suitable for the ‘Bashment’ variety
The drum position of the machine, can be adjusted to accommodate the size
of the sorrel plant while the Mexican machine could not separate flowers
and seed consistently
The RADA team visited the innovator in Comma Pen, St. Elizabeth, last
Tuesday, February 5 -2013.
RADA found that the innovators are well ahead with the registration of
intellectual property rights locally as well as are working along with the
Jamaica Bureau of Standards for the design to be accepted.
The University of Technology has been approached and is working with the
local innovator on the concept of the final version for the drum design.
Although, Mr. Turner has developed a marketing plan, right now he is
seeking assistance in acquiring funds for completion of a major part of the
machine; which is the rotating drum with blades.
The objective is; to make machines available locally for sale… to
processors and farmers.
One of the options, is to make picking points, where farmers can deliver
sorrel for picking at a cost.
Right now one pick can pick two bags of sorrel for entire day
This machine pictured here can do it probably in a hour.
Photos from behind the scenes filming for MCTV’s Agri-Life, this is Friday
April 5-2013 me in my role as Communications and Public Relations Specialist for the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in Jamaica, alongside Farmer Dunkley, standing on his farm having a great time, as he is teaching me about the National Irrigation Commission (NIC)/RADA Drip Irrigation Project… a 22 million US dollar investment into the Jamaican Agriculture sector.
This new methodology is in it’s prototype phase and is being used to
increase food safety and food security.
Farmer Dunkley is located in Colbeck, St. Catherine Jamaica.
MCTV viewers get set for another episode of Agri-Life that will focus on
this very interesting and important issue.