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Agri-mart generating lots of excitement

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 3:11 AM
Karen Demns (left), clerk at Agri-mart; and Shauna Parkinson, social service/home economics officer, Agri-mart, display some of the products available at the Old Hope Road facility.
Karen Demns (left), clerk at Agri-mart; and Shauna Parkinson, social service/home economics officer, Agri-mart, display some of the products available at the Old Hope Road facility.

Karen Demns who oversees the daily operation of the Agri-mart is particularly fascinated by the recent uptick in plant sales, which caught her by surprise. She attributes this to the fact that more people are spending time at home.

“Plant sales are trending up since COVID. People we didn’t expect to see planting, they are getting into it,” she said.

Demns said the reaction is usually one of excitement when potential clients realise the full extent of the line of products offered by the Agri-mart.

“They are so excited when they come across something and every day there is someone new in here and the reaction is the same. We have had customers from as far as Switzerland and Africa who have visited when they are on vacation, while some will ask relatives to pick up for them. The local pancake mix is another big hit, especially for North American visitors when they realise there is an alternative to the Aunt Jemima brand, to which they are accustomed. Once they taste they are converted.”

Getting the Word Out

Meanwhile, the RADA Agri-mart has been slow in getting the word out to all the potential clients across the globe with its website rada.gov.jm/agrimart\ set to come online on Thursday, February 18, according to social services/home economics officer for St Andrew, Shauna Parkinson.

Until then, potential clients may call the store at 876-927-1204 or Parkinson at 876-312-1879.

“Once the website is active, they will be able to see what we have in stock from the plants to all the products inside the Agri-mart, and they can also go ahead and place their orders there. We will offer a pickup service and once you make the order, we will reach out to you to confirm and then we will select a date on which they can just come in, pay and pick up.

“It is not going to be a system where you are able to pay online now, and the Instagram page is to come too,” Demns added.