JIS News

The St. Ann Branches of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) are making preparations for the parish’s participation in the annual Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show, to be held in May Pen, Clarendon from July 30 to August 1.
“St. Ann has been the defending champion at Denbigh for the last two years and this year, we will be working hard to put on a very good display,” RADA Parish Manager, Pedro Worghs, told JIS News.
He noted that the parish’s pavilion was damaged during Hurricane Ivan last September and work was being done to have it restored for the upcoming event.
In addition, JAS Parish Manager, Dennis Steele said that the parish’s main focus would be on two aspects of the show – ‘Youth in Agriculture’ and ‘Adaptable Technology’.
He also mentioned that the parish would be participating in the Farm Queen and Champion Farmer competitions and was expecting to achieve positive results in these events. “St. Ann has always done well in these events. Last year, the parish placed second in the Farm Queen competition and I imagine that the farmers will be doing well this year and we are looking for at least a second place in these competitions overall,” he said.
Mr. Steele is encouraging farmers to come out and support the show, noting that they stood to benefit from knowledge to improve their production levels.
The 2005 Denbigh Agricultural Show is being held under the theme: ‘Eat what we grow: Grow what we eat’.