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Octane promises to bring new perspective to his performance this year   Digicel, sponsor of the Denbigh Agricultural Show for over a decade embraced the show’s 2013 theme: ‘Grow What We Eat, Eat What We Grow:  Food Security our Gateway to Prosperity’ through a showcasing of innovative youth projects. The Digicel Yard featured innovations from two high school groups. The Waterford High School Science and Environmental Club impressed with a display of their hydroponic farming technique and, courtesy of the Digicel Foundation, a group from McGrath High School intrigued patrons with their mobile application, AgroApp.

The Waterford High School’s Science and Environmental Club had a 5-member team on hand to explain its hydroponic farming technique. Hydroponic farming is the method of growing plants without water. Adding to the ingenuity of it all, the students used waste (plastic bottles and paper) from their school’s campus to construct the frames needed.
Kemo Anderson, the club’s president was delighted to have had the opportunity to explain hydroponics to several dignitaries that visited the Digicel Yard. Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Roger Clarke and Senator Norman Grant were among the long list of patrons that stopped by. They were all impressed with the students’ interest in agriculture.

Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen speaking at Denbigh on Monday, August 6 insisted that, “We cannot do the same thing year after year with the same technology and expect bigger and larger results.”

As if answering Sir Allen’s call, students of the McGrath High School were at the Denbigh in the Digicel Yard on Tuesday showing off their recently developed mobile application, AgroApp. AgroApp puts farm produce in the online shopping sphere by enabling famers and consumers to buy and sell (respectively) fresh farm produce at the touch of a button.

Ackeyo Barnes, who not only got a chance to show the application to patrons, was very excited as he was the subject of several live broadcast interviews whilst at Denbigh.

Digicel is a committed sponsor of the Denbigh Agricultural Show. The telecommunications leader recently pledged its continued support of the show for the next three years with 30 million dollars.

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