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To increase entrepreneurial activity focus on four aspects

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Richard Bryan, Gleaner Writer

OUTGOING MANCHESTER Chamber of Commerce President Winston Lawson has cited four key areas in which the parish of Manchester could spawn entrepreneurial activity in the wake of the massive fallout from the bauxite industry - the once primary engine of economic growth in the parish.

"We all agree there are four areas we could bank if we manage them well - agriculture with an emphasis on greenhouse technology, community-based tourism, health services and knowledge-based industries," said Lawson.

A take-off in greenhouse agriculture has already been acknowledged by a major representative of the Christiana Potato Growers Association who told the forum that more young people were gravitating to agriculture.

Lawson was less precise on whether the other areas were making progress. Community tourism, he said, "had potential but was not going the way it should."

However, Jackie Minott, a senior member of the Parish Development Committee, identified prospects in the Alligator Pond area that were being twinned with a coastal tour activity. In addition, the Maidstone community, near Mile Gully, has been identified as a major historical site, which needed specialised marketing targeting local as well as European visitors.