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  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Luther Buchanan, says there is need for the research and developmental capabilities of countries, including Jamaica, to be improved.
  • The State Minister was delivering the keynote address at the 34th annual World Food Day ceremony, held at the Anchovy High School in St. James, on October 15.
  • The function, attended by hundreds of students from a number of schools across St. James, was held under the theme: ‘Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth’.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Luther Buchanan, says there is need for the research and developmental capabilities of countries, including Jamaica, to be improved.

“They must be at a level that can generate the technologies, information and products which can cause our agriculture to be attractive, competitive and be bench- marked,” he emphasised.

The State Minister was delivering the keynote address at the 34th annual World Food Day ceremony, held at the Anchovy High School in St. James, on October 15.

“It assumes urgent relevance, because from a global perspective the number of hungry and malnourished people on our planet is intolerably high, and so the global community must continue to pursue all strategies and initiatives to achieve the millennium development goal to reduce chronic hunger by 2015,” Mr. Buchanan said.

The function, attended by hundreds of students from a number of schools across St. James,  was held under the theme: ‘Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth’.

Mr. Buchanan said this year’s observation comes at a time when citizens of Jamaica and the world are facing a number of challenges relating to health and healthy lifestyles.

He said the support of agencies and organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), cannot be over emphasized, in the effort to address world hunger.

“This day is celebrated annually to draw the world’s attention to the very critical issues relating to food and nutrition, hunger, healthy lifestyle and all the other food related issues,” he said.

To mark the Day, seven schools – Chatsworth Primary, Chester Castle All Age, Cambridge High, Knockalva High, Knockalva Agricultural School, Mount Alvernia High, and Montego Bay High – were presented with farming tools by Mr. Buchanan, to carry out work on their school gardens.

Following the ceremony, the State Minister was joined by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry,  and representatives of supporting groups to unveil a plaque in recognition of the establishment of a banana plot at the Anchovy High School, where specially selected varieties of bananas are planted.

Mr. Buchanan also planted a banana tree to mark the occasion.