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Organisers hope Montpelier agri show will be profitable

BY KARLA JOSEPHS Observer West reporter josephsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, April 05, 2012    

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MONTPELIER, St James — Plans are well advanced for this year's staging of the annual Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial show, scheduled for Easter Monday on the Montpelier grounds in St James.

Roughly $2 million is being spent to stage the event,

which is being organised by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the St James Association of Branch Society.

Speaking at the recent launch of the event at the Sunset Beach Resort in Montego Bay, President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society and chairman of the show's planning committee Glendon Harris, said he expects this year's event to be well attended and profitable.

"Emphasis is being placed on rural communities, and showcasing what they have to offer, as well as ensuring that everyone understands the importance of working with the farmers, to facilitate production, growth and decrease poverty in this country," he explained.

According to Harris, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) will enhance this year's show with displays and information about their new Livestock and Veterinary Division."

"There is a vet (veterinarian) stationed at RADA once again, and so we are looking forward to the type of Livestock display that will encourage our people- both those that are currently in agriculture, and those who are on the sidelines- to not only come into farming, but to explore livestock farming, as well," he argued.

Other attractions at the show will include coconut husking; competition; Farm Queen competition and horseback riding.

A stage show is also planned for late evening, which organisers say will include Reggae artistes Luciano, General Trees, Mackie Conscious and George Nooks.

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