JAS Says All In Place for Denbigh 2017

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  • President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and Chairman of the Denbigh Planning Committee, Norman Grant, says that all is in place for the staging on 65th Annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.  
  • In relation to vector control, Mr. Grant told JIS News that a fish pond, which was a breeding ground for mosquito, has been filled in.
  • Waste water from restaurants and other food areas will be channelled into tanks and removed from the grounds two times per day.

President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and Chairman of the Denbigh Planning Committee, Norman Grant, says that all is in place for the staging on 65th Annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.

Speaking to JIS News during an interview on Thursday (July 27), Mr. Grant said issues raised by the Clarendon Health Department regarding the state of the showground have been addressed.

In outlining the steps taken, he informed that a food handler’s clinic was held on July 13 targeting individuals, who will deal with food at all levels.

“They underwent training, sat an exam and will be issued a food handler’s permit at the end of July,” Mr. Grant said.

He explained that persons, who were not able to attend the training, were directed to health department offices across the island to apply for their permit in time for the show.

“We have met with all the operators and they were informed that during the show, when inspected, if a food handler’s permit is not presented, their operations will be closed down,” he pointed out.

In relation to vector control, Mr. Grant told JIS News that a fish pond, which was a breeding ground for mosquito, has been filled in.

In addition, a drain that runs through the grounds has been cleaned and cavities in ground that could lead to the settlement of water were addressed.                                                       Two bathrooms have been renovated and portable toilets will be provided to ensure that patrons have adequate access to sanitary facilities.

Mr. Grant pointed out that the JAS has engaged the services of the National Solid Waste Management (NSWMA) for the regular collection of garbage throughout the three-day staging of the show.

Waste water from restaurants and other food areas will be channelled into tanks and removed from the grounds two times per day.

With the assistance of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, a fire hydrant will be placed on the grounds.

The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show will be held from Saturday, August 5 to Monday, August 7 on  the Denbigh Showgrounds in Clarendon under the theme: ‘Grow What You Eat…Eat What You Grow – a Salute to Our Farmers, Nation Builders’.

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