The 67th Annual Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show was held from 4 to 6 August 2019 at the Denbigh showgrounds in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica under the recurring theme, “Grow what we eat..eat what we grow.” This year, the organisers also chose to highlight the subtheme of -“Aligning Farming Decisions with Climatic Conditions.”
The booth hosted by the CARDI Jamaica featured various aspects of the unit’s work programme. In focus were the achievements of the first phase of the EU/ACP Coconut Development in the Caribbean project and a preview of the activities under the upcoming second phase. CARDI Jamaica also highlighted the on-going work under the IDB/ CIF-funded, Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR).
In addition, CARDI participated in a Seed Fair executed by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) under the CTA-funded project, “Accelerating the Uptake of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Jamaica.” The seed fair was supported by a cross section of stakeholders (academia, extension service, researchers, seed suppliers and farmers) in the seed industry. The objective was to galvanize the stakeholders towards building a Climate-Smart Seed Industry, and sensitize the wider public to the importance of the use of quality seed as the foundation of a robust, resilient crop production system. CARDI showcased varieties of hot pepper, corn, red bean and black bean seeds that are produced by the Belize and Antigua & Barbuda Country Units and distributed by the Institute’s commercial subsidiary, Caribbean Agricultural Commercial Services Hub (CACSH).
The annual show scheduled within the season of the country’s Independence celebrations receives a wide cross section of patrons (local, regional and international). Recent estimate indicates that the show attracts over 80,000 patrons annually.
Among the visitors to the booth were strategic partners, farmers, students, input suppliers, tourists etc. Visitors invariably expressed favourable comments with respect to the relevance and informative value of the work displayed.