Farmers to grow Medicinal Plants on MinedOut lands

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 9, 2017 – Kingston –  The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) has entered into an agreement with Timeless Herbal Care, an international nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company, for the growing of medicinal plants on mined-out bauxite lands.Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on Tuesday (September 5), the JBI will provide technical training for farmers in the growing of the crops.   The farmers will sell the yield at market value to Timeless Herbal Care, which will extract the medicinal contents for the various markets that they serve.   The plants to be cultivated are guinea hen weed, moringa, black castor bean, and medical cannabis.At the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Transport and Mining’s Maxfield Avenue offices, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, welcomed the partnership, which, he said, will offer major economic benefits for the farmers.He noted that the crops targeted under the initiative are in high demand world-wide because the “nutraceutical value is immense”.“We must now move with urgency to capitalize on what is truly ours,” he said.Minister Henry noted that the farmers will be taught new skills, so that they can produce the plants to internationally accepted standards.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, who attended the signing ceremony, said that the project will create a new source of revenue and jobs from the growing, reaping, and export of nutraceuticals.   She said that there are buyers in Canada who are waiting for products from Timeless Herbal Care.Meanwhile, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Betty, said the initiative is about working with communities, establishing international partnerships and “developing Jamaica’s natural plants, which are so valuable”.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Remains of ace mountaineer Dipankar Ghosh located

first_imgKolkata/Kathmandu: The rescue team has been able to locate the body of ace mountaineer Dipankar Ghosh, who had gone missing on May 12 while coming down after successfully scaling the challenging Mount Makalu in Nepal. The team is now trying to bring down the body to Camp 2, from where the body can be airlifted to Kathmandu.”The inclement weather had acted as a barrier in the rescue process and there was postponement for eight days. The six member Sherpa team has located the body at Camp 4. It is being brought down to Camp 2, from where the body can be airlifted to the base camp. If the weather does not turn hostile then the process will take another two to three days,” said Ujjal Ray, a member of the advisory committee of the state Youth Affairs department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA two member team from the state government led by noted mountaineer Debdas Nandy has been in Kathmandu from May 11 to supervise the search operation. Two more Indian climbers have died on Mount Everest due to an hours-long ‘traffic jam’, taking the toll to 8 of the Indian mountaineers who perished in their expedition to the world’s highest peak during this season. Nihal Bagwan, 27, and Kalpana Das, 49, died along with two other climbers above the 8,848-metre Mt Everest while descending the summit, the expedition organisers said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state’Traffic jam’ occurs on Mt Everest when many climbers vie for the summit at the same time, and can be especially dangerous above 8,000 metres known as the ‘death zone’. Known as one of the most outstanding mountaineers, Dipankar Ghosh had undertaken 47 mountaineering expeditions, including Mount Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Annapurna-I, Mt Manaslu, Mt Dhaulagiri, and Mt Cho Oyu. A resident of Bally in Howrah, Dipankar had left his residence on May 8 for the expedition of Mt Makalu, which is considered among the most dangerous and challenging peaks to summit. The bodies of the other two Bengal mountaineers Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya, who died during a Kanchenjunga expedition, were brought down by the rescue team a few days ago. The autopsy of both the bodies has already been conducted and their mortal remains will be taken back to Kolkata by flight services from Kathmandu on Saturday afternoon. Another mountaineer from the state Piyali Basak, who had gone to scale Mt Everest, is also expected to reach the city by Saturday. Basak suffered from lack of oxygen and funds on the last lap of her expedition and was compelled to call off her expedition and return to the base camp. Basak, a resident of Chandannagore in Hooghly, was the only mountaineer from the state who had gone on Everest expedition. Meanwhile Nima Tshering Sherpa, one of the 14-member Sherpa team involved in the rescue work, was also reportedly killed on Friday. The exact reason for the accident which led to the sudden demise of Nima is yet to be clear.last_img read more

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