Roger Clarke Heads the List of Goat Breeders’ Society Honourees


Minister of Agriculture, Roger Clarke will head the list of persons to be honoured by the Goat Breeders’ Society of Jamaica for years of service and commitment to the organization.
At the group’s annual meeting to be held at the Bodles Research Station in St. Catherine on November 24, tribute will also be paid to David Miller, Chief Research Officer at Bodles, who has been working with the Society since the 1970s, as well as Jasmin Holness, Deputy Director of Livestock at Bodles.
Minister Clarke will also be the main speaker at the function, which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.According to President, Derrick Vermont, appreciation will also be shown to those companies that have contributed significantly to the Society, such as Agro-Grace Limited, Newport Mills Jamaica Limited, Federated Pharmaceuticals, and Home Farm & Gardens.
Meanwhile, Mr. Vermont is calling on all members to attend the meeting, as the group will be voting on a name change, which would be more reflective of the membership of the society, which comprise sheep and goat farmers.
The two names that will be placed on the agenda for voting are the ‘Small Ruminant Breeders’ Society of Jamaica’ and the ‘Sheep and Goat Breeders Society of Jamaica.’
“We really want the members to come out on that day,” he said, noting that the change must be ratified by at least 2/3 of the members of the Society.
Mr. Vermont stated further, that the meeting would not just report on what was done throughout the year, but will facilitate discussion that would guide the Society in its thrust forward.
The Goat Breeders’ Society of Jamaica has a membership of 230 farmers from across the island. The President noted however, that there were many more farmers who are involved in goat and sheep farming, and is urging them to become a part of the Society.
A number of schools are slated to attend the meeting including the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland; Old Harbour High in St. Catherine; Lennon High, Vere Technical High and Ebony Park Heart Academy in Clarendon; Sydney Pagon St. Elizabeth and Knockalva Agricultural in Hanover.

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