The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), will commemorate the fifth anniversary of ‘Eat Jamaican Day’ on November 25, under the distinguished patronage of Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Professor Sir Kenneth Hall and Her Excellency Lady Hall. The celebrations will include an agricultural exposition to be held at the Denbigh Showground in Clarendon, under the theme ‘Grow what we eat…eat what we grow’.
President of the JAS, Senator Norman Grant and other representatives of the organisation paid a courtesy call on The Governor-General on Wednesday (Oct. 15), to thank His Excellency for his continued support of the agriculture sector and to provide an update on the achievements of the ‘Eat Jamaican Day’ campaign and its benefits to Jamaica. Senator Grant said the JAS had used the campaign to continue its promotion of the importance of agriculture to national development.
The JAS president said the ‘Eat Jamaican’ campaign is significant to Jamaica at this time, given the global food crisis and the difficulties being experienced in the international financial markets. He said the JAS will be acknowledging the work of farmers, especially youth involved in agriculture, as part of efforts to improve recognition of the sector’s contribution to Jamaica and encourage more persons to become involved in farming.
‘Eat Jamaican Day’, was first observed in 2003 and was declared an official day following a proclamation issued by the Governor-General in 2006. This year’s expo will place emphasis on agricultural produce and processed foods. The 4-H clubs are also expected to participate and demonstrate the benefits of applying new technology to agriculture.