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Farmers impress

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Custos of St Mary Errol Johnson and Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica Sylvain Fabi unveil a plaque commemorating the Jeffrey Town Farmer Association's silver jubilee on May 19 in Jeffrey Town, St Mary.

Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica Sylvain Fabi has praised a pioneering group of St Mary-based farmers for their endurance, ingenuity and success in raising awareness about the dangers associated with climate change.

Over the past two years, the Jeffrey Town Farmers' Association (JTFA) has won a string of awards and honours for helping to transform their community into one of the country's leading, sustainable agriculture development projects.

Speaking at the JTFA's 25th anniversary celebrations in Jeffrey Town on May 19, Fabi said he was impressed with the group's solar-powered catchment system, which provides residents with a constant supply of clean water.

He told The Gleaner: "Today, we're here to celebrate the anniversary of the JTFA and recognise the work Canada has done through the development projects here in Jeffrey Town.

"We've contributed significant amounts of money, around J$65 million, and the projects basic objectives are to rehabilitate and build climate-resilient infrastructures, improve food security and income-generating opportunities, especially for the poor and vulnerable, and enhance the awareness capabilities of the Jeffrey Town area to adopt gender-positive practices.