Date: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 1:02 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force to Award $130,000 in Prizes for Champion Organic Farmers at Denbigh
CLARENDON, Jamaica – Farmers in Jamaica are called to compete in the first ChampionOrganic/Sustainable Farmer Competition at the 64th Annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industry and FoodShow in July 2016 with prizes totaling $130,000.
The Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force (JDAT) is sponsoring the first ever ChampionOrganic/Sustainable Farmer Competition at Denbigh in partnership with JAS, the Jamaica AgriculturalSociety, JOAM, the Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement, and SOURCE Farm Ecovillage.
The competition is intended to promote organic and sustainable agriculture practices by showcasingfarmers who are already utilizing organic farming practices. The organic farming competition will raiseawareness and increase the number of farmers interested in organic farming.
“The demand for organic produce is growing at an accelerated pace worldwide. The organic producemarket in the U.S. is $30+B and globally it’s $80B. Additionally Organic produce fetches a premium pricecompared to conventional produce and the high demand and low supply reduces competition, not tomention the positive benefits for our health and the environment. Jamaican farmers have a hugeopportunity to capitalize on these trends,” said Kimone Gooden of the Jamaica Diaspora AgricultureTask Force and Diaspora Advisory Board Member.
Judges will look at seven categories when reviewing the farms including chemical free soil management,water management, diversity, nutrient management, pest management, postharvest management, andmeasures to avoid contamination.
The farmer who has the most sustainable farming system will receive $15,000 or an internationalorganic certification valued around $100,000. The second prize is $10,000 or a local organic certification.The third place prize is $5,000 or training towards a local organic certification.
Candidates should submit the application, which is available for download online, by mail or by email.Applications should be submitted to the JAS Office, the closest RADA Office or emailed to,ChampionOrganicFarmer@gmail.com. Further questions can be directed to JOAM at 564-3770 (Digicel)or 788-6713 (Flow).
The Diaspora Agriculture Task Force (JDAT) was established after the 6th Biennial Jamaica DiasporaConference in 2015 for individuals and organizations in the Jamaican diaspora and Jamaica to combineforces and make a positive impact on Jamaica’s agricultural sector. It is committed to promoting andaccelerating organic and sustainable farming practices, bolstering food security and creating newmarkets for Jamaican farmers. JDAT will also be hosting the Diaspora Symposium at Denbigh in July2016. The symposium will deliver organic and sustainable farming workshops and programs for farmers.
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