1966: Britain is Jamaica’s biggest customer for fresh fruit and fruit products in 1965, reports the current edition of Fruit Intelligence published by the Commonwealth Economic Committee in London. Jamaica supplied 190,235 tons of bananas to Britain during the year, an increase of 16,000 tons over the previous year. Britian took 146,625 packages of grapefruit, a sharp increase over 1964 when the figure was 92,270 packages.

1966: Government in its programme to increase the output of trained teachers for the nation’s primary and junior secondary schools has provided approximately 1,000 places at training colleges throughout the island, to be filled from the beginning of the next college year.

1970: Aston Foreman, former deputy high Commissioner for Jamaica in Britain, will be Jamaica’s first diplomatic representative to an African country. Mr Foreman has been appointed ambassador to Ethiopia, with headquarters in Addis Ababa. He is also to be accredited to other African nations. Diplomatic appointments have also been made to Haiti and the Dominica Republic.

1970: Drastic steps to lift the level of disbursements of loan funds under the self-supporting Farmers’ Development Project from an average sum of $30,000 a month to $4,000,000 are taken by the Agricultural Credit Board, according to well-informed sources. These sources announced that during the past week, since the new arrangements have been put into force, about nine applications from farmers for the amount of $257,631 has been approved and disbursements totaling $158,853 have been made in respect of loans to 118 farmers.

1975: The House of Representatives voted approval of the National Minimum Wage Order after an abortive Opposition attempt to move for a two-tiered minimum of $20 for household helps and $26.50 for other workers. Minister of Labour and Employment Ernest Peart formally moved for approval of the order which goes into effect November 2, settling a national minimum of $20 for a 40-hour work week.

1977: Financial assistance of approximately US$2 million to Jamaica’s export progamme is provided by the European Development Fund. It will be channelled through the Jamaica National Export Corporation for use partly in the setting up of an export trading house and to finance trade seminars.

1980: Dinthill Technical High School made a smashing start in their defence of the daCosta Cup, whipping Frankfield High School 13-0 at Alcan Sports Club, as the competition opens.

1989: Scholarships valuing $11,000 are presented to six students of CAST by Courts (Jamaica) Limited. The six students: Nadine Adams, Jacqueline Kennedy, Paulette Guy, Diedre-Ann Mills, Karen Salmon and Rosemarie Connolly, receive their awards at Courts Superstore, Cross Roads. 

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