Daren Lawrence (right) divisional sales and marketing manager for Hi-Pro presents agriculture minister Roger Clarke with a symbolic cheque for $20 million, while Senator Norman Grant (left), president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society looks on.
JAMAICA Broilers Group (JBG), through its Hi-Pro brand, continues to invest in the growth of the agricultural sector with a contribution of $20 million towards the staging of the annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show to be held at the Denbigh show ground in Clarendon, August 1 to 3.
The announcement was made by president and chief executive officer of Jamaica Broilers Group Christopher Levy at the Denbigh launch held on the lawn of the Hi-Pro ACE Supercentre in White Marl, St Catherine, on Wednesday.
His group, he said, viewed the contribution as an investment in the country, as well as the Jamaica Agricultural Society and is in keeping with a long-standing commitment by JBG to the development of agriculture.
"We are re-investing in the agricultural sector and our chicken farmers are expanding, which is a sign that people are seeing agriculture as a viable business," Levy said.
He noted that the growth of the agricultural sector, over the last three quarters, can be attributed to the policies of the government and the hard work of Jamaican farmers.
Speaking on the matter of food security, Levy said it has become an agenda item for many nations and the challenges being faced by Canada and Europe at this time are centred on that issue.
"Here in Jamaica our farmers have been playing a vital role in feeding our people and we want to recognise them for the part they have been playing in producing at the highest level," he said.
A symbolic cheque presentation was made at the launch by divisional sales and marketing manager of Hi-Pro Daren Lawrence to Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke and witnessed by Senator Norman Grant, president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society.