April 16: “A Campaign To Stamp Out The Cultivation And Use Of Ganja”

1948: The Jamaica Broadcasting Company will have a powerful transmitter putting over an eight-hour-a-day programme in Jamaica within six months of its franchise being approved by the Legislature. This is announced by D.J. Judah, MLC, chairman of the company on receipt of a letter from the Government, informing him that the company had been approved by the executive council for award of the franchise.

1953: Local carrot juice will be available to the housewives of Jamaica in 20-ounce cans by the end of the month. The Caribbean Preserving Company has recently completed trials in the canning of carrot juice for the Jamaica Agricultural Society and starts production on a commercial scale. Recently, the society has been concentrating on encouraging the production of vegetables all over the island.

1956: Government is giving attention to the problem of storage of gift foodstuff sent to the island for use in the schoolchildren feeding programme. An official statement says it was hoped that more storage facilities would be made available at an early date to relieve many of the teachers from direct responsibility of storing butter, cheese and dried skimmed milk made available by UNICEF and the American Government through Church World Services Inc.

1959: The conclusion is reached in discussions between the Government and the Water Commission that there was no real cause for alarm in the immediate water supply needs of the Corporate Area although projected needs had far exceeded expectations, principally because of the rapid expansion in housing. However, there was indication, on study of the circumstances, that additional supplies in the order of four million gallons a day will be needed by the end of two years.

1962: A classic unbeaten innings of 98 by Frank Worrell, the captain, and another penetrative burst of fast bowling by newcomer Lester King, regained for the West Indies the initiative on the third day of the fifth and final Test Match against India at Sabina Park. With two days remaining for play, India, with eight wickets in hand, are 321 runs behind. At the close of play, scores were West Indies 253 and 283, India 178 and 37 for two.

1963: The Government has launched a campaign to stamp out the cultivation and use of ganja in the island. This is disclosed in an announcement to the House of Representatives by the Minister of Home Affairs, the Hon. Roy McNeill. An islandwide publicity campaign is to be mounted and the police force is to be supplied with a helicopter for better location of ganja cultivation in hilly areas.