Cane roads to be rehabilitated
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Derrick Kellier says some $800 million has been earmarked for the rehabilitation of 80 kilometres of cane roads in sugar-producing parishes.
This will be done under phase two of the Cane Road Rehabilitation Project of the Sugar Transformation Programme. Some $500 million was spent under phase one to repair roads.
"This programme is unprecedented. For the first time in the history of Jamaica, we now have a comprehensive and coordinated approach to the rehabilitation and maintenance of our farm roads," the minister said.
Kellier was speaking at the official handover of 155 Certificates of Possession to residents of Hertford/Morass Lane in central Westmoreland recently. The minister said the road project was implemented because the Government is serious about expanding the opportunities in agriculture to benefit thousands of farmers toiling in their fields across the length and breadth of the island.
"We are serious about securing the sustainability and growth in the agricultural sector, so we are providing the requisite infrastructure and the support to our farmers. The lack of water, good roads and infrastructure should not be barriers to our farmers' ability to produce and transport their crops and livestock to market as they continue to feed us and to grow the economy of Jamaica," Kellier said.
He indicated that in addition to the work being done by the Sugar Transformation Unit, the Government, through the Sugar Company of Jamaica Holdings Limited, is undertaking a housing development and community regularisation programme across all six former government-owned sugar estates in the parishes of St Catherine, Clarendon, Westmoreland, St Thomas and Trelawny.
"Here at Hertford, the proposed subdivision plan consists of a total of 583 lots, of which 505 are slated for residential solutions; 43 for commercial; and the remaining 35 to be a mix of farming and green spaces. The intention is to create a vibrant community of which we all can be proud," the minister told the gathering.