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The Denbigh Agricultural showground is to be upgraded at a cost of $1 billion. This was disclosed by President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant at the opening ceremony of the 54th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show, at Denbigh, Clarendon on Saturday, August 5.
He pointed out that the improvement project had already begun with the Society having leased a section of the property to the Wallenford and Mavis Bank coffee companies, which have already commenced work on a permanent structure.
Additionally, Senator Grant noted that the All Island Beef Farmers Association and the Coconut Industry Board would be given a permanent home on the premises.
Continuing, he informed that the organization would be providing the Jamaica 4-H Clubs with a 99- year lease that would allow the Clubs to develop a training centre for the nation’s youths. As a result of the lease, he explained that the Clubs would be able to train some 250 young people up from a capacity of 50 persons.
“It is our vision to have the Denbigh show grounds transformed into a national agricultural theme park. this will become the agricultural mecca for showcasing the finest agricultural products, which would provide opportunities for the youth and act as a platform for our farmers,” he added.
The 2006 Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show is being held from August 5 to Monday, August 7 under the theme: ‘Advancing Rural Development through Agriculture’.
During the three days, a variety of agricultural produce and livestock from all parishes across the Island will be on display. The event will also see the participation of a number of persons from regional countries including Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Maarten.