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President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, has reiterated the commitment of the organisation to empowering farmers and facilitating increased production within the agricultural sector.
Giving the main address at the 100th annual general meeting and 10th farmers’ exposition of the Portland Association of Branch Societies, held recently at the JAS compound in Port Antonio, Senator Grant said the organisation has been working closely with farmers to ensure food security and sustainability within the sector.
Agriculture, he said, is the mainstay of the economy and has the potential to contribute even more to the development process.
He urged farmers to stay “ahead of the game” by becoming more involved in value-added production, as a lucrative avenue of business, and to preserve and improve the shelf life of produce.
The exposition featured a display of various agricultural produce and value-added goods from JAS branch members in the parish.
Senator Grant commended the Portland Association of Branch Societies for staging the event, noting that it will help to promote agriculture in Portland and generate support and value for the parish’s farming community.

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