Governor-General Dedicates Life Improvement Project In His Native Village

Marking the official opening of the farming facilities at the Fruitful Vale Handover Ceremony,  Sir Patrick Allen, Lady Allen and Mrs. Alasia Reid- PRO Fruitful Vale Projects Development Committee cut the ribbon. Looking on is Mrs. Jean Lowrie Chin (right) – Chairperson Digicel Foundation.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen today (Tuesday, August 25) told members of his  hometown that he has a once in a lifetime opportunity which he is using to encourage Jamaicans from all walks of life to believe that together we can build a better Jamaica of which we can all be proud. 

Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen are given a tour of the facilities by a Hi Pro Feeds representative. Also being toured are Mrs. Alasia Reid(left)- PRO Fruitful Vale Projects Development Committee, Daryl Vaz (2nd left) – West Portland Member of Parliament and Mrs. Jean Lowrie Chin (front) – Chairperson Digicel Foundation.

Sir Patrick Allen was speaking at the handover ceremony of the Fruitful Vale Life Improvement Project in which his community folks are provided with a viable mean of employment and economic independence through the rearing of livestock. 

Sir Patrick Allen (partially hidden) and Lady Allen gives their undivided attention to the delicate chicks in the coop while touring the facilities.

“The spirit of cooperation which is at the heart of this community is one of the factors that has attracted such widespread support from state agencies and now the Digicel Foundation,” the Governor General stated.

He added that, “What is being demonstrated is the rich rewards that can be realized when communities work together.”

Chairperson of the Digicel Foundation, Mrs Jean Lowrie Chin in her address commended His Excellency and Lady Allen for what she termed their dedicated and caring hands in impacting communities through youth empowerment and people development especially with his, I Believe Initiative.

Member of Parliament for West Portland, Mr. Daryl Vaz equally commended Sir Patrick Allen for his sense of care towards his and other communities across Jamaica. He emphasized that the development is for the good of every member of the Fruitful Vale neighborhood.

Hi Pro Feeds a partner in the project and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) were called upon to use technology to develop systems that can help to make the project sustainable.

Members of the Fruitvale Benevolent Society who are the managers of the project have reportedly sold $1.6 million worth of chicken since the Life Improvement Project started in 2014.

The Governor General’s last official visit to the community was May 2014 for the opening of the Fruitful Vale Multipurpose Complex, the Fruitful Vale Information Technology Centre and the Fruitful Vale Water Supply System.