Stakeholders laud revamped Hague agricultural show

A farmer placing his products on display at the 65th Hague Agricultural and Industrial Show in Falmouth, Trelawny, Wednesday, (Feb 26).

Trelawny stakeholders are praising the revamped Hague Agricultural and Industrial Show, noting that it is a signal that agriculture is once again alive and well in the parish.

“I am elated about this the 65th staging of the Hague Agricultural and Industrial Show. I am also very passionate about the theme chosen to commemorate this year’s staging—Agricultural Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change,” said Mayor of Falmouth Councillor Colin Gager.

Mayor of Falmouth Colin Gager.

The Hague Show was held in Trelawny on Wednesday, (Feb 26). The Mayor said it has not been lost on the people of Trelawny that the Hague Agricultural Show is a friendly reminder of the importance of agriculture and its invaluable contribution to Jamaica’s economy.

He argued that while the parish is known for its production of quality crops, it is “the rich yellow yam” that is the real standout. “With the focus on highlighting the importance of agricultural sustainability through the adaptation of climate smart practices, farmers and stakeholders in the sector should seek to learn strategies and the best methods for mitigation against potential disasters,” the Mayor said.

Meanwhile, JAS President, Lenworth Fulton, pointed out that the Hague show provides agricultural stakeholders, farmers, and young people the opportunity to learn how climate-smart practices, infused with technology, will assist the sector to plan and mitigate climatic changes.

Prime Minister Andre Holness at the Hague Agricultural and Industrial Show.

“We commend the farmers of Trelawny who participate annually by showcasing their produce to include varieties of yams, herbs, spices, agro-processing products and livestock. We also hope that the show serves as a platform to network and access potential clients,” he added.