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‘Nyammins and Jammins 2006’, the annual food festival of the St. James 4-H Advisory Council, was launched yesterday (Sept. 21) in Montego Bay.
The sixth annual festival, which will be held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex on Monday (Oct. 16) from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., is a major fundraiser for the St. James 4-H Council.
Chairman of the Council, Winston Ritchie, in his remarks at the launch held at the Gloustershire Hotel, said that the money raised from the festival would be used to finance the many training projects of the 52 clubs throughout the parish, which have a membership of 3,437.
Meanwhile, Executive Director for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Lenworth Fulton, in his address, appealed to the public to come out and support the festival.He pointed out that the event was among several fundraisers carried out each year across the island.
“There are other good programmes such as the Westmoreland Seafood Jamboree Jamaica Night. We have got 14 parish achievement days, we have got a national achievement day that would put us up to about 19 functions, plus we participate in another 20 public events per year, so we are averaging out at about 43 to 45 functions per year”, he informed.
He further said that other clubs have ventured into apiculture, pig farming, goat farming, coffee and sugarcane growing, ackee farming and vegetable farming.
There are an estimated 650 clubs across the island with a membership of approximately 65,000.