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The best of agricultural production in the parish of Trelawny will be on display at Hague Agricultural Show 2006, which is slated for February 28 to March 1 at the Hague show grounds, just outside of Falmouth.
The show, which is regarded as one of the island’s premiere agricultural events, second only to Denbigh, will be held under the theme: ‘Promoting Production for Healthy/Wealthy Lifestyle’.
According to Beverly Harvey, Trelawny Parish Manager for the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), “this year, the main display will seek to highlight the procedures of utilizing backyard gardening to promote our theme.”
She told JIS News, that despite the setbacks from drought, hurricanes and flood rains, the farmers continued to do well in yam and vegetable production and the society “remains committed to the mission of a vigorous, vibrant and viable agricultural sector and will continue to work with all the stakeholders in making this show a reality.”
Trelawny Parish Manager for the Rural Agricultural Authority (RADA), Donald Robinson, stated that the organization would be working in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Research and Development Department, to showcase research findings from the Bodles and Montpelier research stations.
“This work will be depicted through a backyard gardening plot and will showcase crop productions such as pumpkin, sorrel, hot peppers and cassava. A number of bi-products from these crops will also be on display,” he said.
He further stated that input suppliers would be on hand to demonstrate the use of some modern equipment.
Among the other highlights of the two-day show are the farm queen and young farmer’s competitions, the K-9 competition, horse jumping, coconut husking and livestock judging.
“Our farmers, who continue to ensure the country’s food security, must be applauded for their hard work and dedication as they recommit themselves to the task of feeding the nation,” he said.
Mr. Robinson further appealed to the members of the public to come out and support the show as it promised to be exciting, entertaining and educational.