Kenyan President Heads Foreign Dignitaries For Denbigh

The event will take place from August 4-6 at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon, under the theme: ‘Grow What You Eat…Eat What You Grow’, with the sub-theme: ‘Aligning farming decisions with climatic conditions.’                     President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, heads a list of overseas dignitaries for the 67th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.                                                             Story Highlights Speaking with JIS News, President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Lenworth Fulton, said that the other foreign guests include Premier of the Cayman Islands, along with his Chief Minister for Agriculture; the Chief Ministers of Agriculture from Belize and the Bahamas; and agricultural officials and head of the Barbados Agricultural Society.                    President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, heads a list of overseas dignitaries for the 67th staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show.The event will take place from August 4-6 at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon, under the theme: ‘Grow What You Eat…Eat What You Grow’, with the sub-theme: ‘Aligning farming decisions with climatic conditions.’Speaking with JIS News, President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Lenworth Fulton, said that the other foreign guests include Premier of the Cayman Islands, along with his Chief Minister for Agriculture; the Chief Ministers of Agriculture from Belize and the Bahamas; and agricultural officials and head of the Barbados Agricultural Society.Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, will host President Kenyatta and his delegation at Denbigh on Tuesday (Aug. 6), Independence Day, which will feature an impressive showcase of Jamaican culture and performances by local artistes.President Kenyatta will be paying a State visit to Jamaica from August 5-7.Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Patrick Allen, will be the special guest on Sunday’s (Aug. 4) opening day of Denbigh.The highlight of the day will be the Champion Farmer competition, and activities will culminate with the Hi-Pro Denbigh Gospel Extravaganza.Minister of Industry, Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, will be in attendance on Monday (Aug. 5), which will feature the Youth in Agriculture Village and the crowning of the National Farm Queen.Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. daily and admission is $1000 for adults and $500 for children.Meanwhile, Mr. Fulton said that the JAS has partnered with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) to provide shuttle service to and from Denbigh at a cost of $1400 for adults and $1000 for children, round trip.Buses will depart the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre and the Spanish Town Lay-By (Bus Terminus) at 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, and depart Denbigh at 9:00 p.m.The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, inaugurated in 1952, is the oldest, largest and most dynamic agricultural show in the English-speaking Caribbean.The main objectives of the event are: to promote the agricultural sector; display the best in food, livestock, and horticulture produced in Jamaica by parish; and highlight the importance of agriculture to the export sector and the national economy.The show also demonstrates linkages with other critical sectors of the economy such as science and technology, research and development, tourism, entertainment and finance. read more

NLJ To Stage Several Activities To Remember Miss Lou

Story Highlights The initiative is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. These events are being hosted as part of the 100 days of celebration to honour Miss Lou, who is widely regarded as the “Mother of Jamaican Culture”. The National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) will be staging a series of activities between September 1 and December 10 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late cultural icon, Hon. Dr. Louise Bennett Coverley, affectionately called ‘Miss Lou’. The National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) will be staging a series of activities between September 1 and December 10 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late cultural icon, Hon. Dr. Louise Bennett Coverley, affectionately called ‘Miss Lou’.These events are being hosted as part of the 100 days of celebration to honour Miss Lou, who is widely regarded as the “Mother of Jamaican Culture”.The initiative is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.Speaking with JIS News in a recent interview, National Librarian, NLJ, Beverley Lashley, listed several participating agencies and institutions, including the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the Bureau of Gender Affairs, and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, which will also stage several events throughout the period.“We are well placed to be part of these initiatives which are happening. Most of the activities that we will be engaged in between now and December 10, will showcase Miss Lou,” she said.Among the planned activities by the NLJ is the “Miss Lou Travelling Exhibition”, curated by the agency. The exhibition, to run from September 2 to December 10, will be showcased across the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) network.Locally, the UWI will host the annual Walter Rodney Lecture in Honour of Miss Lou on October 17; and the Declaration of Louise Bennett Park on September 26.There will also be public consultations on Language Rights in Jamaica, hosted by the UWI at the Mona campus throughout the months of October and November.Ms. Lashley also disclosed that the NLJ will be launching a Miss Lou Scrapbook on October 11 during its annual observance of Legal Deposit Day.“We are celebrating 15 years since the Legal Deposit Act was passed in 2004. At that event, we are going to launch the Miss Lou Scrapbook. That scrapbook is every article that was published in the Gleaner about Miss, Lou and we will be launching it on our Legal Deposit Day,” she said.Schools will also join in the celebrations with a Schools Heritage Week Celebration between October 20 and 25.The Ministry will be hosting 16 days of activism to highlight issues underpinning gender- based violence. The islandwide initiative will be held from November 25 to December 10.A Miss Lou Culture Day is to be held at the Louise Bennett Coverley Primary School in Gordon Town, St. Andrew, on December 6. This is to be followed by an islandwide Miss Lou Celebration in Schools on December 10.The celebratory activities will culminate with a symposium on Language rights and the Jamaican language at the UWI, Mona, also on December 10.Several celebratory events are also to be held in Canada, where Miss Lou spent the last decade of her life.One such event is the Miss Lou at Bathurst Heights Secondary School Film Screening and Panel Discussion at Founders College, Toronto, on September 17. There will also be the Miss Lou Celebration, Canada, which will be held on September 19 at the Harbour Front Centre, Toronto.Miss Lou was born on September 7, 1919 and died on July 26, 2006, in Canada. She was 86 years old. She was a Jamaican poet, folklorist, performer, writer, educator and activist. read more

Agriculture Minister Says Major Investments Coming

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the country is on the verge of seeing “some major” investments in the farming sector. “It is an opportunity where small farmers will get technology to help them get greater output, for better living,” the Minister said. Story Highlights Delivering the keynote address at the 52nd Annual General Meeting of the National Consumers’ League of Jamaica (NCLJ) on October 2 at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica in Kingston, Mr. Shaw said the investments will be similar to the $11-billion Lakes Pen venture in St. Catherine that businessman, Gassan Azan, announced recently. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the country is on the verge of seeing “some major” investments in the farming sector.Delivering the keynote address at the 52nd Annual General Meeting of the National Consumers’ League of Jamaica (NCLJ) on October 2 at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica in Kingston, Mr. Shaw said the investments will be similar to the $11-billion Lakes Pen venture in St. Catherine that businessman, Gassan Azan, announced recently.“It is an opportunity where small farmers will get technology to help them get greater output, for better living,” the Minister said.He pointed out that the investments will enable infrastructural support for more processing of produce to cut imports.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw called for a shift in the type of foods that are consumed, so that “our collective health” can be improved.“We can start with the simple approach of eating more local produce. When we eat more of our local produce, it will, in turn, reduce our dependence on imports, while at the same time increasing our wealth as a country,” the Minister said.The Minister told the audience that work on the ‘homegrown’ school-feeding programme that his Ministry is spearheading, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness, is advancing, with a 47 per cent increase to the budget for meals at schools.Mr. Shaw lauded the work of the NCLJ as contributing greatly towards the “empowerment of our citizens, to activism and the provision of information that allows our consumers to make educated choices”. read more