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Business operators in central Jamaica got a chance to showcase their products and services at Saturday’s (July 24) business expo organised by the Central Agricultural Supplies Company (CASCo).
The well-attended event, held on the grounds of the Manchester Club in Mandeville, saw patrons viewing displays mounted by some 37 entities in the areas of agriculture, manufacturing, insurance, banking, food services, telecommunications, among others.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, who gave the main address, said that the event fits in with the Government’s strategy to promote synergies among the various production sectors.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton (2nd right), shares a light exchange with Coordinator of the Central Agricultural Supplies Company’s (CASCo) business expo, Chevaughne Miller (right), at the event held on July 24 at the Manchester Club in Mandeville. Others sharing the moment (from left) are: Managing Director of CASCo, Glenroy Clarke; and Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Dr. Marc Panton.

He commended CASCo for organising the expo. “I looked at the various booths and had discussions with the respective companies that are on display here on July 24. I am impressed.” he said.
Event Co-ordinator, Chevaughne Miller, told JIS News that, “CASCo saw the need for business operators to get the opportunity for exposure, and we put on the event to promote central Jamaica as a business region.”
Expressing pleasure at the large turnout of patrons, Ms. Miller said that the company was looking to repeat the event next year. “We might have to change the venue to a bigger one, because more participants wanted to be involved in this year’s event,” she informed.
Managing Director of CASCo, Glenroy Clarke, for his part, said “it was a great, fun-filled high standard expo.”

Technical Representative for Latin America with the United States-based Echo Corporation, Rafael Hernandez (2nd right), explains the features of small engine machines produced by the company, at the Central Agricultural Supplies Company’s (CASCo) business expo, held on July 24 at the Manchester Club in Mandeville.

“There is no reason why it should not be staged again, and every participant should be profiting from the event,” he stated.
Director of the May Pen-based Jamaica Bags Limited, Timothy Lancaster, who was among the exhibitors, told JIS News that the expo provided a means of showcasing the company’s use of indigenous products to manufacture quality bags for every occasion. “We are happy for this event and hope that it will be beneficial to all the participants,” he said.
Manchester resident, Noel Davy, who came out to view the displays, said central Jamaica needs “more expos like this. Many of the products that are here were put together by ordinary people and have become state-of-the-art. It also shows that Mandeville can host big business expos, and this one was excellent.
The day’s events included workshops, where overseas experts and manufacture of heavy and small machinery spoke of their uses and care. There was also fun and entertainment for children and adults.
Located in Mandeville, CASCo is a major supplier of small equipment and other machinery used in manufacturing and households.

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