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  • All is set for the 31st staging of the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial show, in St. James, on Easter Monday, April 21.
  • The event is expected to cost $3.7 million to produce, and will be held under the theme: ‘Grow what we eat and eat what we grow’.
  • The show should be bigger than in previous years, and that to date, some 87 exhibitors have confirmed their participation.

All is set for the 31st staging of the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial show, in St. James, on Easter Monday, April  21.

President of the St. James Association of Branch Societies, the organization that is staging the event, Glendon Harris, says the event is expected to cost $3.7 million to produce, and will be held under the theme: ‘Grow what we eat and eat what we grow’.

Addressing a media launch for the event, at the Sunset Beach Spa and Resort, in Montego Bay, on March 31, Mr. Harris said the show should be bigger than in previous years, and that to date, some 87 exhibitors have confirmed their  participation.

He pointed out that there will be an increase in the number of Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) branches taking part, in comparison to the past, and more products will be on display and for sale.

“We have more schools on board and we have more agencies on board. The kiddie’s village will be improved, the entertainment during the day will be improved, and we are looking at a larger livestock display,” Mr. Harris noted.

Meanwhile, Parish Manager for the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in St. James, Venton Bucknor, spoke of the strategic partnership between the JAS and RADA, which he said, is benefiting all stakeholders within the agricultural sector.

He said RADA will work closely with the St. James Association of Branch Societies, to ensure that the show is successful.

Montego Bay businessman, Mark Hart, who gave the main address, emphasized that many items being imported could be replaced through local production, and urged more persons to get involved in farming.

Mr. Hart insisted that the country has the capacity to feed itself, and that for future development, Jamaica should focus on four specific areas – Tourism, Business Processing Organizations (BPOs), Bauxite mining and Agriculture.