The parish of Manchester is centrally located, being 60 miles from
Kingston the island's capital and 80 miles from Montego Bay the
second city. Like most of Jamaica, the topography is described as
mountainous with broad valleys in between consisting of rich and
fertile soil. The parish stretches from the central highlands of the
country to the south coast, with elevations ranging from 2,000 ft.
to 3,000 ft.
Manchester Parish Council Building
Manchester boasts a lovely climate with a temperature of around
65 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity of 40 %. Rainfall too is
moderate being about 80 inches annually. The chief town is
Mandeville which is situated on a broad plateau over 2,000 ft.
Other towns of importance are Porus, Cross Keys and Christiana.
The Labor force consists of highly skilled personnel able to
provide a wide range of services. Inherently a hard working
population, the semi and unskilled segment is eager to learn and
to apply skills.
Manchester produces good upland coffee and excellent citrus
fruit-it is the home of the Ortanique variety. A wide assortment
of other fruits, pimento, irish potato, sweet potato, vegetables
and flowers are also grown.There is good potential for the large
scale growing of Anthuriums.
Existing industries include an alumina plant (Kirkvine Works) near
Mandeville, coffee processing plant, cocoa proceesing plant,
electrical transformer company, engineering works, a furniture
factory and a food processing factory.