Gov't might renovate fishing village


August 29, 2016
Karl Samuda

There are indications that the Government is giving consideration to renovating the Greenwich Farm fishing village located along Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston.

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Karl Samuda hinted at this while addressing the opening ceremony for a wellness fair in the community last Friday.

Samuda told the residents: "I am going to use all the power available to me as minister to initiate the undertaking".

He said 'proper cubicles' need to be installed to ensure that, at all times, there is clean and healthy environment for the vendors and their customers.

The minister further indicated that engagements which could not be carried out immediately would be done over time.

contribute significantly

In underscoring the importance of doing the renovations, Samuda said vendors at the fishing village, like others islandwide, contribute significantly to Jamaica's development and were deserving of a proper facility from which to operate.

"Fisheries is a growth sector. I regard fishing as one of the critical industries that will drive growth and improve our economy," he said.

Meanwhile, Samuda lauded the organisers of the wellness fair and urged the residents to take steps to safeguard their health, well-being and environment.

The wellness fair was organised by the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) Community Safety and Security Branch and members of the Greenwich Farm Beach Watch group.

The group's establishment follows the launch of Jamaica's first ever Beach Watch project earlier this year. The project is a subset of the Neighbourhood Watch Programme, which is spearheaded by the Community Safety and Security Branch.

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