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The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), organizers of the Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show, has set a target of 100,000 patrons to attend the 55th staging of this year’s show, up from the 80,000 target that was set last year.
The highly anticipated event will be held over three days from August 4 to 6 at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon. This year’s theme will explore the use of technology in Agriculture – ‘Agro-Technology: Advancing National Development’.
Speaking at a ‘Think Tank’, on (July 25) at the head office of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), 58A Half-Way-Tree Road, President of the JAS, Senator Norman Grant pointed out that this year’s show would cost the organization some $25 million.
According to Senator Grant, the theme for this year was chosen because technology played a critical role in the advancement of agriculture and “we feel that it has a tremendous impact on national development.”
Additionally, he said that the agricultural sector in the region must be adaptable and therefore make changes to keep abreast of current trends in order to gain a competitive edge in international trade.
“It’s the only means of survival at this time. While we complement what we do in conventional agriculture, we will have to increase the use of technology to drive the development of the sector. The use of technology in agriculture is deemed a blessing at this time and a remarkable opportunity to increase productivity and improve the quality of agricultural produce,” he added.
The President said that the JAS and the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands have been pro-active in introducing a number of technology driven methods to transform the sector, including green house technology and tissue culture, areas which would be showcased at Denbigh.
Senator Grant also pointed out that overseas delegations are anticipated from countries such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands to participate in the show.Meanwhile, patrons entering the venue will pay $500 on each day, while the fee for children is $200.
Attractions will include horticultural exhibitions; a farmers’ market; a kiddies’ village; an international village, featuring promotions by the Jamaica Tourist Board; an educational forum on agriculture; the national farm queen competition, and a gospel concert.

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