Eat What We Grow ... Really?

  • 9-11-2015

On Monday evening, August 13, 2012) there was a report on JVJ’s evening news about the deplorable conditions of two markets, one in Kingston and the other in Western Jamaica. The conditions particularly of the one in Kingston was beyond deplorable, the environment in which the vendors were selling were simply inhumane. There was stagnant sewage water and garbage all around with vendors displaying their food items on stalls next to filth. I am of the view that many other markets across the island have similar challenges. This type of news item over the years has always been a popular feature on our newscasts.

It is always a mystery how the Parish Councils are not able to have our markets attain even a basic level of cleanliness. Why does this seem so impossible?

The Ministry of Agriculture has been emphasizing that we “grow what we eat and eat what we grow”, but how can we eat what we grow, when what we grow is being sold in such a filthy environment? We many times use the word deplorable without actually focusing on the gravity of the meaning, it means something is “shockingly bad”, if you are eating while such footage is being shown on television you are very likely to lose your appetite.

 In many countries a market, and for emphasis I say a food market is a tourist attraction. The environment is so pleasing and attractive that it is the complete opposite of what we have here. Our parish councils must be held to a higher standard.

I am calling on the Ministry of Agriculture to hastily intervene and assist them in dealing with this “shockingly bad” situation which has existed for far too long.


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