Monday 15 July, 2019

Significant public/private partnerships heading into Denbigh 67

Two students from White Marl Primary School in St Catherine - Cheandre Codner and Usain Duffus -  assisting Col Jaimie Ogilvie, Assistant Vice President, Hi-Pro Division, Jamaica Broilers Group (left, background) and Agriculture Minister, Audley Shaw, in demonstrating at the recent Denbigh show launch, how easy it is to grow food crops in small spaces using recycled materials such as an empty paint can.

Two students from White Marl Primary School in St Catherine - Cheandre Codner and Usain Duffus - assisting Col Jaimie Ogilvie, Assistant Vice President, Hi-Pro Division, Jamaica Broilers Group (left, background) and Agriculture Minister, Audley Shaw, in demonstrating at the recent Denbigh show launch, how easy it is to grow food crops in small spaces using recycled materials such as an empty paint can.

Tourism, along with health and wellness, were among the recurring themes being paired with climate smart agriculture at the 2019 launch of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show at Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre in White Marl, St Catherine, recently.

The annual show in Clarendon, which is scheduled for August 4-6 this year, is being spearheaded by newly elected Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) President, Lenworth Fulton, under the theme, ‘Grow what we eat, eat what we grow: Aligning farming decisions with climatic conditions’.

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Audley Shaw, spoke of moves afoot to mitigate climatic challenges.

“I’m approaching international agencies… going to Rome later this month, to address the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation). Contacting the UN (United Nations) Climate Fund out of Korea. I am going to find money to assist our small farmers with small, portable drip irrigation systems, because we have to prepare ourselves for climate change and remind ourselves that in every adversity there is opportunity,” the minister stated.

Agriculture Minister, Audley Shaw, in a good mood at the Denbigh 67 launch at Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre in White Marl, St Catherine, recently. Also pictured (left to right) are Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) President, Lenworth Fulton, and Col Jaimie Ogilvie, Assistant Vice President, Hi-Pro Division, Jamaica Broilers Group.  

Also of note was the addition of two interesting, new sponsors to the Denbigh line-up: The Tourism Linkages Network and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), were both brought on board by the new JAS administration to further strengthen connections between the agriculture and tourism sectors.

In endorsing Denbigh 67, Col Jaimie Ogilvie, Assistant Vice President for the Hi-Pro Division, Jamaica Broilers Group, noted that “The partnership (with tourism) is timely as the Government seeks to encourage increased consumption of quality and competitively sourced local produce and better management of our resources.  With this in mind, the Jamaica Broilers Group through its Hi-Pro and Best Dressed Chicken brands, has played a central role in keeping pace with the supply needs of both local consumers and visitors to the island, and can declare that today Jamaica is 100 per cent self-sufficient in meeting the demand for broiler meat and eggs in the island.”

Ogilvie went on to introduce patrons to the concept of the Wellness Garden, an initiative that was conceptualised by the Minister of Health and Wellness, and is being developed in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, with endorsement from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

“We need to bring back the days when backyard farming was a part of everyday life, not only for food security sake, but as a means of feeding a family more healthily and economically. This year we are twinning the concept of backyard farming with the idea that it is also a great activity to promote healthy exercise and mental well-being.” he stated.

Two students from White Marl Primary School, Cheandre Codner and Usain Duffus, assisted Ogilvie and the Minister Shaw in demonstrating at the launch, how easy it is to grow food crops in small spaces using recycled materials such as an empty paint can, further cementing the idea that the activity is inclusive of all generations and socio-economic demographics.

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