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Jamalco has donated 50 bags of fertiliser along with sweet pepper, tomato and cucumber seeds valued at more than $150,000 to farmers in South Manchester.
The items were handed over at a Farmer’s Day held recently at Campbell’s Castle All-age School in the parish, where the farmers also benefitted from training to improve agronomic practices in hot pepper production.
Community Relations Officer at Jamalco, Natalee Irving, said that the donation of the seeds and the training session, were in keeping with Jamalco’s commitment to support the agricultural sector.
She said that “Jamalco recognises the importance of farming co-existing with mining and has implemented several initiatives to highlight our commitment to the sector and to help our farmers to strive.”
Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Parish Manager for Manchester, Neville Burrell, said he was pleased with the turnout of farmers for the event.
“Training is important and we need to be equipped to change the way we are doing things in agriculture,” he stated.
Extension Officer at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Sherene Walker, in the meantime, encouraged the farmers to get organised “so that the services that we offer can reach you in an efficient and timely manner.”

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