JIS News

Members of the St. Elizabeth branch of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) gave the Essex Valley Showground a face lift on Saturday (May 23), by bushing and planting trees and flowers at the facility.
Youth farmer and member of the JAS, Odell Henrick, told JIS News that they decided to carry out the venture, as this year they would not be having their annual Agricultural and Food Fest.
“We decided to clear some of the bushes and plant a number of coconut trees. The tree planting idea is a good one, and it will show that something is happening here,” he said.
Farmer Merlita Thomson felt that planting the coconut trees was an indication that the area is an agricultural one.
“In time to come they can be sold, and even we as members can drink them when we have events at the ground,” Miss. Thomson stated.
President of the group, Roy Morrison, said members volunteered to work on the showground as a Labour Day project. He said that they are also planning to have the area used to stage entertainment and business events.
“We felt the need to do something at the ground, so that members, who are accustomed to the agricultural show, can see that a permanent fixture can be established, and what you will have is a multi-purpose complex doing a number of things,” he stated.

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