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Twenty farmers who are members of the Elim Community Friendly Society in North East St. Elizabeth, have benefited from an agricultural support project funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), at a cost of $497,000.
Speaking at the official handing over of equipment to the farmers on March 3 at Elim, Human Resource Manager at JSIF, Grace-Ann Miller pointed out that the Elim agricultural project was of critical importance for two reasons.
“Firstly, it is completely a community effort and secondly it represents the effectiveness of partnership with not just JSIF and CFNI, but also with others such as the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture and the Social Development Commission,” she said.
The CFNI/JSIF project is aimed at addressing food safety and human health issues.
Farmers involved in the project have been trained in soil management, pest and disease management, weed control and fertiliser application.
The JSIF has assisted by providing the project with portable water pumps, impulse sprinklers, mist blowers, piping and agro-chemicals.
Mrs. Miller pointed out that in 10 years of operation, JSIF has completed 42 projects in St. Elizabeth at a total value of $191 million.
“These projects have been largely in the form of construction, expansion and rehabilitation of primary schools, building of rural feeder roads and multipurpose community facilities,” she said.
Mrs. Miller noted that last week a contract valued at more than $8 million was signed for the rehabilitation of the Glasgow road from Maggoty to White Hill.
“To be signed soon are the Middle Quarters All-age School expansion and upgrade project, the Accompong road rehabilitation valued at $15 million, and the Barbary Hall Basic School upgrade,” she indicated.