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JAS readies for Hanover agricultural, Food and Industrial show

Published:Tuesday | February 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Members of the Veteran Farmers Alliance show off their breadfruits at last year's Hanover Agricultural, Food and Industrial Show.
A dance-off onstage at last year's Hanover Agricultural Show.

The Hanover Association of Branch Societies (HABS) of the Jamaica Agricultural Society is now recruiting young ladies between ages 18 to 25 to enter the Miss Hanover Farm Queen Competition, which will be held during the second Agricultural Food and Industrial Show in May.

The event is set to take place at the Bioprist Knowledge Park (formerly Jockey factory) in Lucea on Friday, May 26.

The show will feature a farmers' market, flowers and ornamental displays, animal exhibitions, and a game bird display. Other activities include sack racing, tug-o-war competitions, and a kiddies village.

The event will be held under the theme "Improving agriculture, improving lives". The show was first held last year on Labour Day in what the group said was an "aggressive and ambitious project" to curtail the continuous decline of agriculture and the dwindling number of farmers in the parish through the resuscitation of farming in Hanover by reigniting the agricultural spirit in farmers and encouraging young farmers to enter the sector.

The group had expressed concern about the decline of Hanover as one of the premier food producers in the island. Several decades ago, Hanover was the island's leading producer of bananas and the Lucea yam. The HABS is the management group that represents approximately 4,000 registered farmers within Hanover.

"Hanover is not known for agricultural shows even though we are a farming parish. The purpose of the show is to honour our farmers by displaying their produce, sensitising them to the various agencies and stakeholders that can assist them, and creating marketing opportunities for them," HABS parish manager Kamiel Scott said.

"Not everyone is able to go to the annual Denbight Show, so this offers an opportunity to see first hand, on a smaller scale, what happens at Denbigh," she added.