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Don’t Pack Pest Program Gets a Reboot in Jamaica

March 26, 2015

Jamaica has been a partner in the Don’t Pack a Pest program since 2012. This month, officials there relaunched the program, confirming their nation’s dedication to it.

The Don’t Pack a Pest travelers program is administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection. The  program educates international travelers about the importance of declaring agricultural items in luggage. Travelers are encouraged to visit the mobile device-friendly website, DontPackaPest.com, to comply with regulatons aimed at preventing international movement of invasive pests and diseases.

The “Ambassador”

DPAPAmbassadorJamaicaThe team dubbed the tall gentleman in the middle of this photo “Ambassador of the Month” when he got off an airplane at the Montego Bay airport already wearing one of our tees. He had received it at an earlier event. Surrounding him are members of the team surveying travelers at the airport in order to gauge the effectiveness of the program.

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Don’t Pack a Pest team representatives at the airport, with the Norman Manley Airport survey team from the Jamaican Ministry of Agriculture. that surveyed travelers to gauge their awareness of the program.

Relaunching the program

The partnership between Jamaica and the USA was celebrated with a relaunch event at the Donald Quarrie High School.

IMG_0157Donovan Stanberry, Permanent Secretary of the Jamaican Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, chaired the event at the high school. Heather Curlett of the USDA, Denise Feiber, of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and others provided comments. The Hon. Derrick Kellier, MP Minister of Agriculture, Labor and Social Security, gave the keynote address.

Minister Kellier was at something of a disadvantage, as his comments followed a dramatic presentation by students that portrayed a passenger who obviously had not absorbed the “Don’t Pack a Pest” message. Hint: A live chicken was involved.

We captured the skit on video, which you can view here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpTf3XwqaLU

. . . And here’s the big number by the members of the Drama Club:

http://youtu.be/d6G2otAxt70

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Jamaican Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier, MP Minister of Agriculture, Labor and Social Security, center, in suit, and Donovan Stanberry, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, second from right, welcomed the Don’t Pack a pest team to the relaunch of the program in Jamaica.

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Staff from the Jamaican Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries present outreach materials at the relaunch ceremonies.

 

 

 

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