‘Top Class’ Exhibitions for Montpelier Agricultural Show

The 2007 renewal of the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial show is scheduled for the Montpelier Show Grounds in St. James, on Monday, April 9.
Under the theme ‘Grow our fortune through agriculture – Eat Jamaican’, the one-day show, which has been described by Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Roger Clarke, as “the premier agri-expo in the western part of Jamaica” is expected to attract some 20,000 patrons.
President of the St. James Association of Branch Societies (ABS), Glendon Harris, told JIS News that the show is expected to bring together farmers, horticulturalists, craftsmen and other agricultural interests from across the island, to exhibit their various products, and compete in a range of activities. He informed that the exhibits would include livestock, birds, fish, craft, and a variety of local products.
Mr. Harris explained that a $2 million budget has been put together for the staging of the show, the agricultural segment of which will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. followed by a music festival which will continue until midnight.
He said the major objectives of the show was to: promote the work of farmers in the western region of the island; provide a venue for sale of a variety of products in a grand market setting; provide a quality entertainment package for families; and showcase the various schools in the region that were engaged in agriculture.
“We know that agriculture and food security is of utmost importance, and at a time when farmers are now getting some recognition, we ought to be motivating our young bright minds into agriculture, to ensure our food security”, Mr. Harris stated.
Expressing the view that patrons for this year’s show should be very satisfied with the exhibitions, he noted that the competition between the different branches within the Association was very vibrant and would naturally result in an all round, top class show. Some 63 stalls will be available for occupation at the event. The entry fee for adults is $300, while children will pay $100.

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