Monday, 2 September 2019

COMMUNITY BEAT: News + Notes from Negril to Morant Point

CLARENDON: Ahead of last month’s staging of the Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon, the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) hosted its annual AGM at the Denbigh Showgrounds, where the wide-ranging discussion touched on national food security and the increasing importance of the ‘Grow What We Eat, Eat What We Grow’ campaign. While JAS president Lenworth Fulton made the revelation that Jamaica’s import bill for food “continues to rise and is presently at US$0.9 billion,” Opposition spokesman on Agriculture, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, estimated that “sixty percent of the food we eat is imported.” Clarendon’s Custos, William Shagoury, observed, “A country that cannot feed itself is no country at all… We need to be able to produce enough to feed ourselves.”

TRELAWNY: This summer, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) joined forces with the Trelawny Parish Library to empower youngsters, aged 4-15 years, “to make environmentally conscious decisions.” Attracting sponsors like the National Baking Company, the programme drew dozens of participants to the Falmouth-based parish library, as well as the branch libraries in Clark’s Town, Wakefield and Duncan’s. The kids were exposed to issues centred on pollution, marine and terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity. Books on Jamaica’s flora and fauna were also given to the participants. 

ST. ANDREW: On the night of Friday, August 9, fire of unknown origin destroyed dormitories at the Jamaica National Children’s Home, the place of residence for 41 boys and girls, who are wards of the state. Exemplary corporate citizen Sagicor Jamaica has leaped to their aid, donating $1 million to go towards rebuilding efforts. “We hope that this will see to some of the immediate needs of the children… and we look forward, in the weeks and months to come, to seeing how we can be of assistance,” says Sagicor Group CEO, Chris Zacca. “If they are Jamaican children, they are our children.”

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