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May 2019

Minister of Industry Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon Audley Shaw (right) cuts the ribbon to hand over drip irrigation systems for 150 acres of land to farmers of the Bull Savannah and Southfield Farmers Benevolent Societies (FBS) at the Bethel Bible Camp, Malvern, St Elizabeth on Thursday, May 9. A total of 300 small farmers will befit from the project managed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, with grant funding from the Caribbean Development Bank. Sharing the moment ( front row l-r) are Hon Lester Mike Henry, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister; Imogene Smith of the Southfield FBS and Tracy Powell of the Bull Savannah FBS.

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 10 May 2019    communications   

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Audley Shaw has issued a call for drip irrigation systems to be used by more farmers islandwide.
The Minister issued the call in Southfield, St Elizabeth, Thursday, May 9 at the handover of drip irrigation systems for 150 acres of land to 300 farmers of the Bull Savannah and Southfield Farmers Benevolent Societies.
Applauding the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) for facilitating the provision of the drip irrigation systems by way of grant funding of over $63 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Minister Shaw urged both JSIF and the CDB to continue the partnership in order to replicate the “model across the length and breadth of Jamaica”.
The Minister noted that Agriculture in Jamaica continued to be largely dependent on rainfall and against the background of the impact of climate change, stressed the importance of increased access to irrigation.
“This is what will make a qualitative and quantitative difference to agriculture in Jamaica and help us to move from sporadic growth depending on rainfall to a constantly increasing trend of growth and so the provision of increased access to irrigated water is a key priority for the country and for our farmers,” Minister Shaw, said.
He further stressed the importance of innovation and creativity, in addressing climate change issues and listed the greater use of gravity fed irrigation systems, conservation of water resources, greater use of wind and solar energy as well as the diversification of the sector and utilisation of idle lands as part of the strategy for innovation.
Minister Shaw commended the 300 small farmers who are beneficiaries of the JSIF project for their own contribution in kind, valued at $5.5 million and appealed to farmers islandwide to acquire drip irrigation systems.


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