Four wells constructed under Essex Valley project

August 21, 2019
Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the launch of the Essex Valley project in January.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness at the launch of the Essex Valley project in January.

Work is progressing under the Essex Valley Agriculture Development Project in St Elizabeth, with four out of six wells to be constructed, already developed.

Audley Shaw, the minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, said the project is being funded by the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund(UK-CIF) to the tune of PS35 million and forms part of plans by the Government to develop drip irrigation systems for farmers.

"I have the ambition that between 50,000 and 100,000 small farmers must get access to drip irrigation systems in this country as soon as possible...Drip irrigation systems have to be a big part of the solution to the climate change environment and the drought conditions that we're facing," he said.

The Essex Valley Agriculture Development Project aims to reduce the water-related challenges being faced by over 700 farmers in the Essex Valley area.

It will provide improved irrigation systems on approximately 700 hectares of land and will include the development of a climate-resilient off-farm irrigation system consisting of the six irrigation wells and restoration of approximately 30 kilometres of farm/community roads.

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