- Jamaicans are being promised some special treats for this year’s staging
- New features have been added to the usual fare of displays, exhibits and competitions.
- The Denbigh Show will also demonstrate linkages with other critical sectors of the economy
The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, the largest event of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean, is expected to attract over 80,000 patrons this year.
The show, which takes place from August 4 to 6 at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon, under the theme: ‘Grow What You Eat…Eat What You Grow’, is known for its display of the very best in local livestock, agricultural, horticultural and food exhibits from all parishes.
Jamaicans are being promised some special treats for this year’s staging, which has as its sub-theme: ‘Food Security…our Gateway to Prosperity’.
Speaking at a Think Tank on July 24, at the JIS’ head office in Kingston, President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, said some new features have been added to the usual fare of displays, exhibits and competitions.
Among them is a Global Trade Exchange, which takes place on Monday (August 5).
“This Trade Exchange will be aimed at providing our main stakeholders, sponsors, partners and affiliated organisations with the opportunity to interact, establish contacts, and be better educated on markets/produce locally, regionally and internationally. It will also seek to create linkages and connect buyers and sellers to create new business partnerships through structured networking and matchmaking. Participants will be drawn from the local, regional and international sphere,” Senator Grant explained.
The JAS President said he is “very excited” about the “new and different” offerings, which also include: a National Woman Champion Farmer competition; a Denbigh Auction, Denbigh Motor Show, Commercial Exhibits competition and Digicel’s Back-to-School Fair targeting 10,000 students, who will be presented with school supplies.
Senator Grant said that a huge overseas contingent is expected. Delegates from Canada, the United States of America, United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, The Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, will be in attendance.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, will participate in the event’s opening ceremony on Sunday (August 4), while the Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, will attend the show on August 5 (Monday). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is scheduled to attend on the final day, Tuesday (August 6).
The main objectives of the Denbigh Show are to promote the agricultural sector; display the best foods produced in Jamaica by parish and highlight the importance of agriculture to the export sector and the national economy.
While showcasing the latest developments in agricultural technology, the Denbigh Show will also demonstrate linkages with other critical sectors of the economy such as science and technology, research and development, tourism, entertainment and finance.
Gates will open daily at 8:00 a.m. and admission is $700 for adults and $300 for children.