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President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, has urged farmers to increase production to take advantage of opportunities provided by the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
Senator Grant, who was speaking at the opening of the St. Mary Agricultural Expo at the James Bond Beach in Oracabessa recently, noted that local farmers could tap into CARICOM’s market of 16 million, with countries such as Antigua, and Barbuda, Grenada, Haiti, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Bahamas, being heavily dependent on agricultural imports.
Meanwhile, he congratulated the organisers of the show, and urged the farmers in the parish to continue efforts to increase and diversify agricultural production.
Held under the theme: ‘Agriculture and tourism the partnership continues’ the expo was organized by the St. Mary branch of the JAS and showcased the best of production in St. Mary.
Among the exhibitors were the Cocoa Industry Board, the Coffee Industry Board, Jamaica Banana Producers, Jamaica Livestock Association, Antilles Chemicals, Agro Grace and Nestle Jamaica Limited.
Senator Grant noted that the theme of the event was appropriate as it highlighted the synergies between agriculture and tourism.
He stated that the JAS remained committed to the task of addressing farmers’ interests through initiatives such as ‘Eat Jamaican,’ the campaign for rural development, the greenhouse technology project and the anti-praedial larceny initiative.