‘Eat an egg a day’
St Mary farmer Davia Brown-Thompson isn’t just about making money from farming. The Three Hills Farmers’ Association’s treasurer has a keen interest in ensuring that persons adopt proper nutritional practices.
Brown-Thompson is involved in producing products that are considered very beneficial to persons’ health, namely eggs, vegetables and herbs.
Despite a glut in egg production last year, which saw prices falling and several farmers suffering losses, she is quite optimistic that 2019 will be a good year.
“For 2019, I expect to expand. I’m a small farmer where eggs are concerned. I expect to expand and I expect that the marketplace will be better,” Brown-Thompson told The Gleaner in a recent interview.
With eggs still attracting general consumption tax (GCT), the St Mary farmer expects that the Government and other stakeholders will work together and Government will remove the tax on eggs, as promised. She said this is important as Jamaicans need to eat more eggs.
“It has to work out because as a country, we need to eat more eggs, we need to eat a lot more eggs. It’s very nutritious and as we say, ‘an egg a day is OK.’ It’s a fast food, it has everything that the human body needs, so we need to promote that. It’s not just about the business but really, what I observe, so many cancers, it’s not excluding young people, it’s everybody. So we should try to push nutrition, so that’s my mandate.”
But how do we get Jamaicans to eat more eggs? According to Brown-Thompson, education is key.
“They need to sensitise and basically inform the people about eggs. I know there is a lot of myth that eggs are high in cholesterol and a lot of things, but new studies show that these are all myths. When you inform people of all these things then they will be able to make better choices.
“I think they need to introduce it effectively to the children, if they can push it in the schools because like I said, eggs are very nutritious. And I would recommend one boiled egg, at least, per day.”
In the meantime, Brown-Thompson is suggesting that with better management and planning, another glut in egg production can be avoided this year.
‘I think they need to introduce it effectively to the children, if they can push it in the schools because like I said, eggs are very nutritious.’