JAS National Farm Queen returns from Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force Sponsored Study Abroad Program at Delaware State University School of Agriculture
Dover, Delaware- The Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force (JDAT) is proud to have sponsored a study abroad program to the 2015 Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) National Farm Queen, Peta Gaye Stewart. The National Farm Queen competition is organized by JAS to recognize the significant role Jamaican women play in the development of agriculture.
Stewart was hosted by Dr. Dreymple Marsh, the Jamaican Dean of Delaware’s College of Agriculture at DSU. Stewart lived on campus, participated in school programs and learned about US agricultural practices.
The President of JAS, Norman Grant, expressed his appreciation to the sponsors and his commitment to furthering education, “Thank you to Delaware State University and the Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force for receiving and sponsoring our 2015 – 2016 Farm Queen and for extending the tremendous hospitality as reported by her. We thank them on behalf of JAS and the over 220k farmers we represent in Jamaica and we will look forward to the long term relationship for 2017 and beyond.”
Stewart is an Agricultural Youth Ambassador and plans to complete an Associate of Science Degree at the College of Agriculture Science and Education (CASE). She had a positive experience at DSU and wants to make a positive impact in Jamaica, “This exposure is making me more aware of the different facets of agriculture, understand its role in national development, and what I can do to enhance the sector in my country.”
Every year the JAS National Farm Queen is crowned at the Denbigh Agricultural Fair, the oldest and largest Agricultural show in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The 2016 JAS Farm Queen was crowned in July 2016. She will also participate in the DSU study abroad program in Summer 2017.
Travel accommodations were sponsored by Fly Jamaica, Farm Up Jamaica, and supporters of the Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force.
The Diaspora Agriculture Task Force (JDAT) was established after the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference in 2015 for individuals and organizations in the Diaspora and Jamaica to join forces and make a positive impact on Jamaica’s agricultural sector. It is committed to promoting and accelerating organic and sustainable farming practices, bolstering food security and creating new markets for Jamaican farmers.
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