Church helps burnt-out coffee farmers

Church helps burnt-out coffee farmers

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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A local church body has joined the effort to rehabilitate coffee farms in the hills of St Andrew that were ravaged by bush fires in May.

Last Friday, the Church of God of Prophecy, through Bishop Rudolph Daley, donated $110,000 to the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) toward the rebuilding process.

The church also donated coffee seedlings and fertilisers to the effort.

"Most of our brethren plant coffee and other things, so we thought it necessary to pool some funds... to help build back our industry," Daley said during the presentation at the JAS Church Street head office in downtown Kingston.

"So many times we hear that the church is not doing anything and the church is silent. We are glad that the media is here to let them know that we are doing something. And so, we in Kingston and St Andrew are going to let Jamaica know that we are a holistic organisation," the clergyman said.

The fires that ravaged vast swaths of coffee farms across Mavis Bank are said to have cost millions of dollars in losses to farmers and the industry, which produce the world-renowned Blue Mountain Coffee.

On Friday, Norman Grant, the JAS president and CEO of Mavis Bank Coffee Factory, expressed appreciation for the donation and said the company would be providing $500,000 worth of seedlings and chemicals to farmers.

-- Racquel Porter

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