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The Mile Gully Producers Marketing Organisation (PMO) in Manchester on Friday (May 29) staged a farmers’ market day to sell and promote the produce of farmers associated with the group.
President of the group, Olive Johnson, told JIS News that the event, held at the Mile Gully Square, went well and attracted a number of customers. “It is the first in its kind in Mile Gully. The farmers gathered here with their produce to sell at farm gate prices,” Mrs. Johnson said.
She told JIS News that the intent was to have a farmers’ day on the last Friday of each month, with part of the sales going towards the building of the community. She said the group also hoped to raise funds to establish a greenhouse farm and purchase a tractor.
Secretary of the Mile Gully PMO, Margaurita Swaby, informed that the one year old organisation has received strong support from its members.
She said that the farmers’ day was to provide “a local outlet for our produce because most of it is taken outside of the area to sell. There are a lot of farmers in the area. Our intention is to have it a few times and see how it works.”
She indicted that if the event continued to get strong support the intention was for the group to occupy the nearby market, which has been closed for sometime.
Several buyers told JIS News that they found the prices reasonable, and asked that the farmers continue the venture, so that they do not have to travel to other town centres in the parish to do their purchasing.