St Bess to get road repairs

February 06, 2018
Farmer of Chudleigh Path in Manchester, Alvia Wilson (right), speaks to Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, during his tour of farm roads in the parish last Friday. Wilson is holding his infant daughter, Emily.
J.C. Hutchinson (third left), in discussion with a farmer of Bakers Common during his tour of farm roads in Manchester last Thursday.
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Almost 19 kilometres of farm roads are to be repaired in Manchester and St Elizabeth by March 26 this year.

J.C. Hutchinson, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, said the roads will be repaired at a cost of $81 million.

"The ministry recognises the urgent need of the farmers to move their produce from the field to the market. We are committed to fixing the roads, because it lessens the cost of transportation to farmers, thereby decreasing the cost of production and ensuring a more profitable operation for them," he said.

The roads include Brandon Hill, Chudleigh Path, St Toolies, Reckford and Alvie in Manchester. And in St Elizabeth, those to be repaired include Delightful, Thatchwalk, Phantiland, Spring Park and Hodges.

"Between now and March 26, we are looking at fixing 6.7 kilometres of farm roads in St Elizabeth at a cost of $34 million, and 12 kilometres in Manchester at a cost of $47 million. These parishes are the main producing parishes in the island," he said.

"We will continue to address these requests as funds become available. These farm roads are in some of the most productive areas in these parishes, and by rehabilitating the roads, we will allow farmers to increase production and productivity," Hutchinson said.

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