NEPA to focus on drought mitigation
WITH THE current drought plaguing the country, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will be using the upcoming Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show to share practical ways in which the agricultural sector can cope under such conditions.
A major component of the agency's display will be a demonstration plot featuring drought-resistant crops and information for farmers and backyard gardeners.
The importance of water conservation and rainwater harvesting will also be brought to the fore. These are two techniques that manager of public education and corporate communication, Dionne Rose, said are critical to ensuring Jamaica's food security.
"Continuous water supply is essential for the survival of crops and animals. As we seek to grow what we eat and eat what we grow, we must take the necessary steps to harvest and conserve water, thereby ensuring our food supply," said Rose.
conscious of the impacts
Anthony McKenzie, director of environment management and conservation, noted that Jamaica has to be particularly conscious of the impacts of climate change. He stressed the importance of Jamaicans taking special care of the environment.
"We have to protect our watershed areas as they help to mitigate the impact of climate change; ensure the provision of ecosystem services such as constant water supply, as well as serve to maintain the natural resilience of the country. Forests help remove greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. The wanton burning of wood and other material puts more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere," he said.
Patrons will also get insight into the work of the environment and planning agency. Rose said NEPA will this year showcase its various mandated functions in an effort to help patrons get a better understanding of the work it does.