Plans are in high gear for the 19th staging of the St. Mary Agri Expo, which is slated for April 16 and 17 at James Bond Beach. The annual show, which is sponsored by the St. Mary branch of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), is designed to showcase the best of agricultural production in the parish. Among the major attractions this year will be livestock shows; display booths; the St. Mary Farm Queen competition; Youth in Agriculture contest; and a coconut husking competition.
Cavonn Murdock, JAS organizer for St. Mary, told JIS News that the event was being organized by a planning committee comprised of representatives from a number of government and non-government groups. She informed that a number of corporate entities, as well as business companies have already been approached for sponsorship. An official launch is being planned as part of the promotional activities, Mrs. Murdock said.
Previously held at the Annotto Bay Sports Club, the annual two-day show was moved to James Bond Beach last year, after it was suspended in 2004 as a precautionary measure against the spread of the Moko diseases, which affects bananas and plantains. St. Mary is a prime producer of these agricultural products. Mrs. Murdock expressed satisfaction with the choice of James Bond Beach as the new venue, noting that the facility had the appropriate infrastructure and provided suitable ambiance for the staging of the event.