Plans are far advanced for the Easter Monday, April 1, staging of the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show in St. James.
Some $3.25 million has been allocated for the event, which is being put on by the St. James Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).
Speaking at the official launch at the Sunset Hotel in Montego Bay on Wednesday, March 13, President of the St. James Association of Branch Societies (ABS) and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, said the organising team has been working hard to ensure that this year’s show will be the best ever.
He said that focus will continue to be placed on youth in agriculture and “we are calling on them to participate in the show, as we cannot bring agriculture to its rightful place by excluding our youth.”
He said that schools, with 50 or more students, will be allowed free entry.
This year’s event, Mr. Harris announced, will feature a much improved animal display and expansion of other exhibits. There will also be a special ‘Eat Jamaica’ corner, where patrons will be able to sample an array of items made from local produce such as sweet potato soup, dasheen chips, and cookies.
He said that there will be lots of fun for the entire family and students will have the opportunity to win prizes such as small livestock, seedlings, farm tools and equipment.
The St. James ABS President said that sponsors are coming forward with their support, with the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPSCo) providing $500,000.
“We are calling on all citizens of the parish and other parts of western Jamaica to support the show this year, as we redouble our efforts to ensure that agriculture in St. James and Jamaica, is brought to the forefront,” Mr. Harris said.
By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporter