Christiana Potato Growers Co-op Assn Ltd

community renaissance through diversification & technology
Main St Chna876-964-2366
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The Christiana Potato Growers Cooperative (CPGCA), legally established in 1959, is one of the few, if not the only farmers cooperative in Jamaica that has managed to stand the test of time and maintain the respect of its members since its inception. We have been operating continuously for the last 46 years with full support of the community. Our mission is to provide consistently high quality products and excellent services to shareholders and customers, and to focus on the growth and productivity of the Co-operative to the benefit of shareholders, customers, and the wider community.

In late 2005 CPGCA began construction of a tissue culture laboratory at our main building in Christiana. It was completed and began operating in late 2006. The process of tissue culture is quite simple. A small plant cutting is treated to remove fungus, bacteria, and viruses. The tissue is tested to ensure it is disease free and then grown under sterile conditions in a laboratory setting to prevent any possible infection with disease.

As this plantlet grows, new cuttings are repeatedly taken to increase the number of plantlets in culture. This number increases very quickly
for instance, a single potato plantlet can produce 5 plantlets in 3 weeks. The most important aspect of this process is that all the planting material is disease free. This cannot be said of the material currently being planted by the farmers of central Jamaica. By utilising clean disease free planting material a farmer will be able to realise up to a 30% increase in crop yield without making any other changes. Other benefits include increased crop quality and the reduced need for chemical application.

We supply Tissued Cultured Ginger Propagules, Tissue Cultured Irish Potato Seed, Imported Irish Potato Seed, Irish Potatoes, Purple Potatoes, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Romaine Lettuce, Ginger, Cucumber and many other seeds.

We also have a farm store. We supply fertilisers, pesticides, feeds,spray cans, mist blowers and many more.

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