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 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.
Relaunching the program
The partnership between Jamaica and the USA was celebrated with a relaunch event at the Donald Quarrie High School.
Donovan 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.
. . . And here’s the big number by the members of the Drama Club: