The National Irrigation Commission Limited’s building located on the Denbigh Showground in Clarendon has been officially named the Roger Clarke Building, in honour of the late Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Honourable Roger Clarke, for his dedication and commitment to the development of irrigation services and agriculture in Jamaica.
Prime Minister The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, who was in attendance at the naming ceremony held at Denbigh on August 2, unveiled a plaque bearing the new name.
Dr. Conrad Douglas, Board Chairman, National Irrigation Commission Limited, said that “the NIC in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries deemed it fit to recognise the outstanding service which the late Minister rendered in building the nation of Jamaica in the area of agriculture and fisheries.
He further noted that late Minister Clarke was committed to the efficient and effective use of irrigation technologies, and that he spearheaded the commissioning of two irrigation districts; New Forest/Nuff House in St. Elizabeth and Yallahs Irrigation District in St. Thomas.
The naming ceremony was attended by Honourable Derrick Kellier, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries; Honourable Noel Arscott, Minister of Local Government and Community Development and Member of Parliament for South West Clarendon, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Jamaica Agricultural Society, members of the NIC’s Board of Directors and staff, other stakeholders in the agriculture sector as well family members of the late Minister, Honourable Roger Clarke.