Denbigh 2017

Launch Of The 2015 Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show

JAS Denbigh Show 2015 Launch

Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier (second right) seems impressed with the size of the fingers of this relatively small bunch of the FHIA 17 banana variety which was on display during the launch of the 2015 Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show at Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre in White Marl, St Catherine.

Also sharing in the occasion are (from left) Allan Rickards, chairman of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers Association; Grethel Sessing, chairman of the All Island Banana Growers Association (AIBGA); and Alfred Dunkley, marketing extension officer at the AIBGA.

Hurricane Season Plans

Hurricane Season

Hurricane Supplies

During and after a hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy.

Remember that a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply.

You also may not be able to drive because of damage to your vehicle and or roads may be flooded or blocked.

That’s why it’s best to be prepared — stock up on everything you might need now.

Here’s a checklist of what you could need:

Food and Medicine

  • Clean containers for water
  • At least 5 gallons of water per person (which should be enough to last 3 to 5 days)
  • A 3 to 5 day supply of canned food
  • Baby food or formula
  • Prescription medicines

Safety Items

  • First aid kit and instructions
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries

Personal Care Products

  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Tampons and pads
  • Diapers

Make sure your supplies are stored together in a place that’s easy to reach and stay safe.

Future Plans during the Season

The AIBGA will send out new and applicable messages on a 2 weekly rotation.

Hurricane Activation Plan, if needed will come under separate cover.

Gov’t to Embark on $250 Million Banana Export Expansion Programme

The Government of Jamaica is pumping $250 million into a project aimed at revitalising banana production for the export market.

The Banana Export Expansion Programme (BEEP), details of which were provided at an investment forum in Montego Bay recently, is targeted at new and existing farmers in the traditional banana-growing parishes of Portland, St. Mary and St. James.

Funding is being provided under the European Union (EU)-supported Jamaica Banana Accompanying Measures (JBAMS). The Banana Board is the implementing agency.

The $250 million investment by Government will go towards land divestment in priority agro parks, off farm irrigation infrastructure, and farm road improvement. Some $76.5 million will be distributed through JBAMs for material input supplies, Global Good Agricultural Practices (Global GAP) infrastructure, and Fairtrade Labelling Organizations (FLO) certification.

Farmers will receive support from JBAMS in the areas of training, certification, and technology transfer in both production and post harvest management. They will be required to provide 60 per cent of their production cost, while the remaining 30 per cent will be provided through the BEEP.

Farmers in St. James will benefit under the initiative, through several agro parks that are to be set up at Seven Rivers and Sunderland in the parish.

The parks, the first of which will be established in Seven Rivers, will function as incubators to ensure the expansion of production within global standards, and the development of the industry, while preserving its competitiveness for both the domestic and export markets.

At the Montego Bay investment forum, held at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) offices, the farmers and potential investors were provided with details about the project, including the registration process, cost of production, and market opportunities.

“It is still a work in progress and our forum with you is not only to give you information but also to get back some information from you so that the programme, when we implement it, is the best programme,” said Banana Board General Manager, Janet Conie.

The major components of BEEP include: upgrading of the tissue culture laboratory; facilitating ongoing exports of a single small container of banana; providing financial support through a revolving loan for material inputs required for production of the first crop; providing Global GAP infrastructure for strategic grouping of farmers: storeroom toilet, welfare facility; and facilitating Global GAP and FLO Certifications to ensure market access and premium prices.

The programme will also seek to address disaster mitigation; prevent Moco and Black Sigatoka diseases; and improve access of farmers to the Catastrophe Fund.

A series of natural disasters in the recent past have severely curtailed Jamaica’s banana production and as a result, the banana export market.

Strong efforts to revitalise the export market, due to high international demand for Jamaican bananas, have resulted in new markets in Canada and Grand Cayman, and a scaled back resumption of exportation to the United Kingdom, which was suspended in 2008.

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie
  • 1 (9 inch) pie crusts, baked
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3cup white sugar
  • 1cup all-purpose flour
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 Bananas

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

Frederick Morgan – Director

Lincoln Tobin – Director

Osbert Johnson – Director

Talman Richards – Director

Seymour Webster – Director