$120M to be spent on projects for St Andrew farmers

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August 10, 2016
Contributed Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, the J.C. Hutchinson addressing farmers in Kingston and St Andrew yesterday.

Some $20 million for farm road repairs and $100 million for a water supply project are two of the projects that have been identified to help farmers improve production and productivity levels in sections of St Andrew.

This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, while addressing some 30 farmers groups from six RADA extension areas in Kingston and St Andrew yesterday.

With specific reference to the coffee farmers in eastern St Andrew, Hutchinson noted the various

challenges they have faced and encouraged them to continue to persevere in their efforts to improve production and productivity.

As part of efforts to increase productivity among coffee farmers, a group of young farmers in Content Gap and Pampi Hut in East Rural St Andrew will also be provided with incentives for the cultivation of 15 acres of coffee. The youth project was launched under Project Hope, an initiative in collaboration with the member of parliament for the area.

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