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first_imgEbony Park HEART Academy Launches Agro-Tourism Project AgricultureMarch 10, 2010 RelatedEbony Park HEART Academy Launches Agro-Tourism Project Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Clarendon-based Ebony Park HEART Academy on Friday (March 5) unveiled its agro eco-tourism project, which is a combination of nature and farm-related activities to attract locals and visitors to the island.The launch was held during Farm Fest 2010, which is Ebony Park’s annual agricultural show.Through the project, visitors are encouraged to experience agricultural life firsthand and participate in activities such as horseback riding, nature trail, fishing, animal petting, bird watching, and a variety of outdoor activities.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Marc Panton, commended Ebony Park for undertaking the project, noting that agro eco-tourism ventures hold “huge potential” for Jamaica.“We are uniquely poised to utilise our natural resources to increase the income of our farmers, communities and by extension our economy. As a government, we must do more to explore these untapped resources to the betterment of both the agriculture and tourism sectors,” he stated.“We should not only aim to (provide) visitors with enriching, enjoyable and exciting visiting experiences at our luxurious hotels, but in areas that are distinctly and authentically Jamaican. This experience is available through the avenue of agro-tourism,” he added.Governor-General, His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, commended the staff and students involved in the project, noting that it will attract locals and overseas visitors, who are interested in the blend of agriculture and nature tourism activities.In the meantime, he called on the students of Ebony Pak to use the training offered at the institution to help develop the country’s agricultural industry and enhance food security.“Young people.you can glean inspiration. (on) how you can contribute through agriculture, which is indispensable to the growth and development of this country. We cannot grow and develop properly if we cannot feed ourselves. We must feed ourselves,” he stated.Farm Fest 2010, which was held under the theme: ‘Creating Pathways For Sustainable Development,’ showcased the best of farm produce and agricultural production practices at the institution.Patrons enjoyed a farmers market, farm tours, live demonstrations of farm practices, fishing, horseback riding, and a kiddies’ corner.Ebony Park HEART Academy is a residential institution for agricultural training, offering specialised skills in areas such as crop and livestock production, horticulture, aquaculture, apiary, food preservation and management, and farm equipment servicing and operations.center_img RelatedEbony Park HEART Academy Launches Agro-Tourism Project RelatedEbony Park HEART Academy Launches Agro-Tourism Projectlast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedCoconut industry must be scientifically driven – Dr. Tufton Coconut industry must be scientifically driven – Dr. Tufton AgricultureMay 26, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton says a scientific approach to cultivation, particularly in the coconut industry, is necessary for continued sustenance and growth of the sector. “There is significant economic value to be derived from investing in this (coconut) industry, by supporting the farmers to expand, but it has to be done in a way that maintains the best practices. It has to be scientifically driven,” he said. The Minister was speaking at the Common Fund for Commodities’ (CFC) annual Lethal Yellowing disease research project meeting, today (May 24), at the  Wyndham Hotel, in New Kingston. Dr. Tufton said that efforts, such as the research project, not only attempts to cure or control a disease, but it also introduces a culture of science-based production, “which I think is a critical aspect of the way forward, if we are to develop and maintain a viable industry.” The Lethal Yellowing disease attacks many species of palms, including some commercially important species, such as the coconut and date palm. It is spread by the planthopper, which is native to Florida, parts of the Caribbean and Central America. Infected plants will normally die in three to six months. Dr. Tufton said that as a result of the introduction of the research project in October 2005, there has been improvement in both the training and acquisition of equipment to combat the spread of the disease; and introduction and new testing of germplasm (a collection of genetic resources for an organism). He noted that under the project, there has also been improved knowledge of the effects of some cultural practises engaged in by farmers; the training of officers from three participating institutions; and data collection on the nature of the pathogen, genetics of the host plant and epidemiology of the disease. “We have seen encouraging results as a consequence of these steps that have been taken and I want to say, from the government’s perspective, how grateful we are for this project which is a work in progress. We certainly hope that we can find best practises coming from this project, but we need to continue the fight, the struggle and the efforts to ensure that we control this disease and that we find new and better methods of control,” he said. He commended the CFC for the invaluable support in helping to fight the scourge of the Lethal Yellowing disease, adding that the Coconut Industry Board has done a magnificent job in recent times, not just in terms of the practise of trying to control the disease, but also of encouraging greater levels of production through a re-planting programme. “I think this has had a very positive effect and will have a positive impact in years to come, as those plants mature and start to produce,” the Minister said. The research project, which ends December 2012, is being funded by the CFC at a cost of US$2.457 million and counterpart contribution of US$2.316 million. The Coconut Industry Board was given the responsibility to manage the funds. RelatedCoconut industry must be scientifically driven – Dr. Tufton RelatedCoconut industry must be scientifically driven – Dr. Tufton By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

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first_imgThe highly acclaimed EDM festival Ultra Music Festival, which occurs every year in the springtime in Miami, Florida, has major changes coming to its 17th edition in 2015. According to flyers handed out this weekend during Electric Zoo promoting the Miami event, next year’s Ultra festival will be restricted to 18+ for ages able to attend, which eliminates the festival’s longstanding “All ages” welcoming. The festival cites safety concerns for its attendees as the reason for the age restriction, saying, “The safety and security of our attendees, artists/performers, and personnel are out utmost priority and concern.”Ultra is not the first music festival to put age limits into action in more recent years, as events such as EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) have also made these changes. The age restriction serves as a reminder that it’s important to be responsible and well-informed on the dangers that coud be presented at festivals like Ultra, such as the availability of substances like MDMA (molly).The flier also that early bird tickets for Ultra 2015 will be on sale soon. Though the new age restriction promotes safety for its attendees, it will surely devastate the spirits of the “young ravers” who were seeking to attend this incredible festival come the spring of 2015.– Jeremy Lamstein[Photo via Your EDM]last_img read more

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first_imgSpectators can enjoy the VIP experience in Ashton Gate’s Heineken Lounge, on Saturday, November 30th (3pm KO) which includes: a drink on arrival, a selection of small plates, half-time refreshments, a complimentary matchday programme, team sheet and padded seating – all for just £85+VAT.To secure your hospitality place, click below, email [email protected] or call 0117 963 0630.BUY HOSPITALITY NOWlast_img

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