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  • The 52-acre Denbigh Showground in Clarendon will be abuzz with activities from July 31 to August 2, with the staging of the 63rd Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.
  • The annual three-day event is organised by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).
  • Over 120,000 persons are expected to attend Denbigh this year.

The 52-acre Denbigh Showground in Clarendon will be abuzz with activities from July 31 to August 2, with the staging of the 63rd Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.

The annual three-day event is organised by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS). Over 120,000 persons are expected to attend Denbigh this year.

The highly anticipated event, considered to be the premier agro-industrial show in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean, will be held under the theme: ‘Grow what you eat…Eat what you grow – Making Agriculture Sustainable.’

Addressing a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday, July 1, President of the JAS, Senator Norman Grant, said that this year’s event forms part of the JAS’ yearlong 120th anniversary celebrations from May 2015 to May 2016.

“We will highlight how the JAS has empowered our farmers and contribute to the building of a strong agricultural sector over last 120 years,” he said.

According to Senator Grant the show continues to attract patrons, who are not only interested in the festivities but in actually investing in agriculture.

As a result, this year, the JAS will undertake an initiative to dispense information on investing in agriculture, and provide on-the-spot consulting sessions with persons, “who have shown more than mere cursory interest in investing in agri-industrial ventures”.

The main objectives of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show are: to promote the agricultural sector; display the best foods produced in Jamaica; and highlight the importance of agriculture to food security, business development and nation building.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is expected to attend the July 31 opening.

Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, will be in attendance on August 1; while Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller is scheduled to attend on August 2.

Gates will open daily at 8:00 a.m. each day and admission is $800 for adults and $300 for children.