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Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Produce Chemist Unit

The Vision of the Produce Chemist Unit is to be a certified technical service provider to the agricultural sector in laboratory services, product development and quality assurance systems.

The Mission of the Produce Chemist Unit is to facilitate the agricultural development and diversification by providing technical support in the areas of analytical laboratory services, product development, quality assurance systems and post harvest handling of agricultural products.

The Goals of the Unit are as follows:

  1. To provide laboratory analytical services to the agricultural and manufacturing sectors in the areas of soil, leaf, agricultural products, processed food, animal feed.
  2. To contribute to the diversification of the agricultural sector by providing technical assistance and training to agro- processors in value added and product development, HACCP and quality assurance.
  3. To enhance the knowledge, skills and practice of agro processors, hucksters and farmers.
  4. To assist agro-processors diversify their range of products through technical assistance in product development. The Produce Chemist Laboratory forms part of the technical support services of the Division of Agriculture.