For more information and to register for one of the expos, go to https://novascotia.ca/thinkfarm/support/small-farm-expo.asp . Experienced, new and aspiring farmers will have the chance to expand their knowledge and skills at one of two small farm expos in Nova Scotia this month. The first expo will be held Monday, July 24, at Bethany Gardens, Antigonish. The second expo will be held Monday, July 31, at the Annapolis Valley Exhibition in Lawrencetown. “By holding expos in two different locations this year, we’re expanding access and increasing opportunities to help develop our agriculture sector,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “These expos draw a large crowd each year and are a great opportunity for industry members to share trends and best practices.” The expos will feature workshops led by local farmers and will explore how today’s small-scale farmers are building on the foundation of traditional farming knowledge and practices with modern production technology, farm business management and marketing. “The expos are a great opportunity for new and aspiring farmers to meet farmers from around the province,” said Shannon Jones, co-owner of Broadfork Farm. ”I’ve attended the expos in the past and found the workshops to be very informative and enjoyed being able to build connections with other small-scale farmers.” Workshops include: compost essentials direct marketing local beef value-added hemp products beef production and pasture renovation small scale beef and sheep production vineyard management pest control in vegetable and berry production market gardening.
The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has successfully completed 25 transactions under the Government’s Public-private Partnership (PPP) and Privatisation Programme since 2009, facilitating approximately US$1.1 billion in investments.DBJ Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds, said the amount includes US$303 million in sales and US$808 million in private-sector capital investments.He was speaking during a regional market sounding forum at the DBJ’s Private Equity and Infrastructure Development Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday (June 12).Notable among the portfolio of PPPs, Mr. Reynolds said, are privatisation of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), Kingston Container Terminal (KCT), and Wigton Wind Farm Limited, the latter of which, he noted, was “massively” oversubscribed.More than 31,000 persons responded to the initial public offering (IPO) of Wigton shares through the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), which raised the targeted $5.5 billion.This represented the largest IPO in the JSE’s history, the Managing Director further pointed out.Meanwhile, Mr. Reynolds advised that the DBJ is working on several additional PPP projects.These include the National Education Trust Schools Solar Project; the Rio Cobre Water Treatment Plant Project; the National Water Commission’s Northern Parishes Non-Revenue Water Project; the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Centres of Excellence in Oncology and Nephrology Project; the Jamaica Mortgage Bank’s privatisation; and divestment of the Government’s shares in the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).Mr. Reynolds said the PPP programme, for which the DBJ is the chief implementing agency, is central to the Administration’s growth agenda.He noted that the objective is to engage the private sector in the delivery of infrastructure and services that are critical to Jamaica’s economic development.Mr. Reynolds encouraged stakeholders attending the forum to familiarise themselves with the additional projects being pursued, which are detailed in an investment opportunity booklet provided at the event.The market sounding session was arranged to highlight several of these engagements being undertaken in areas such as water, health, energy, and logistics.“We know that presenting a portfolio of projects is of interest to potential investors… and this market sounding session achieves that purpose. It’s a source that you can use for your decision-making in the selection of the projects in which to invest,” Mr. Reynolds said.He assured that “we, at the DBJ, are available, willing and able to share our strategies with you in walking through the process”.The four-day conference, which concludes on Thursday (June 13), is being held under the theme ‘Delivering Economic Growth through Partnerships: Financing Regional Infrastructure, SMEs & Innovation’. The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has successfully completed 25 transactions under the Government’s Public-private Partnership (PPP) and Privatisation Programme since 2009, facilitating approximately US$1.1 billion in investments. DBJ Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds, said the amount includes US$303 million in sales and US$808 million in private-sector capital investments. He was speaking during a regional market sounding forum at the DBJ’s Private Equity and Infrastructure Development Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday (June 12). Story Highlights