This week is being observed as Agriculture Week in the Cayman Islands.
“We want the population to become more aware of the role of agriculture in national development; farmers do a great service in helping to feed our people and we must take time out to recognize their achievements,” said Minister of Agriculture Juliana O’Connor-Connolly.
The week kicked off with a church service at the Red Bay Church of God of Holiness and will be highlighted by both the 44th Annual Agricultural Show on Ash Wednesday and by Cayman Brac’s Agriculture Show, slated for Saturday.
Agriculture Society President Errol Watler explained that the Grand Cayman show will be bigger and better, with an exciting line-up of activities for the entire family.
These will feature cow milking and chicken hatchling demonstrations and a discussion on the work of the Caymanian farmer. A school interactive tent will enable children to showcase their art, crafts and writings focused on agriculture and the environment.
Mr. Watler also listed other features including the Beautiful Baby Contest, the YMS drill and equestrian activities, as well as a gospel concert, the Cayman Islands Marching Band, and dance demonstrations.
Raffle tickets are already on sale with a chance to win the $20,000 cash -grand-prize or a series of other attractive prize packages. The $ 25 raffle ticket also gives patrons free admission to the show thereby avoiding the regular entry fee of $ 10 for adults and $ 5 for children.
The Cayman Brac Agriculture Show will also have a host of exhibits including animals, preserves, antiques, plants and crafts. Deputy District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts explained that there will be several competitions in these areas.
Entertainment for the Brac show will be provided by the C-Level Band; gospel by Tammy and Nickolas DaCosta; De Government Band; the Purple Dragon Karate Academy; La Femme Dancers; the Koalition Dancers and the CBHS Steel Band.
Other activities will include demonstrations by Customs’ K-9 Unit; the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service; the Health Services Authority and the Fire Department.
“The two agricultural shows and the entire week of activities serve to remind the community that agriculture is not only alive but also making an important contribution to the well being of the people throughout the Cayman Islands,” Mr. Adrian Estwick, director of agriculture concluded.
Another component of Agriculture Week of activities are the agriculture seminars scheduled for Friday at the Stacy Watler Pavillion. Two seminars are planned by visiting companies. Jamaica Drip Irrigation will make a presentation on drip irrigation methods and greenhouse technology while the other seminar will on the topic of pest control.
That same evening, the CIAS in association with the Department of Agriculture and the Ministry of Agriculture will stage an Agriculture Awards function to recognise prize-winning farmers from the Grand Cayman Agriculture Show.