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  • The Government will be providing 2,850 housing solutions for sugar workers in the parish of Westmoreland, with 861 to be completed this year.
  • Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, made the announcement at a special press briefing held on February 5, at the Western Offices of the Prime Minister in Montego Bay.
  • He informed that of the houses to be delivered this year, 650 will be situated in Hertford/Morass; 85 in Shrewsbury; six in Braham; 70, Masemure; and 50 in Yeast Plant.

The Government will be providing 2,850 housing solutions for sugar workers in the parish of Westmoreland, with 861 to be completed this year.

Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, made the announcement at a special press briefing held on February 5, at the Western Offices of the Prime Minister in Montego Bay.

He informed that of the houses to be delivered this year, 650 will be situated in Hertford/Morass; 85 in Shrewsbury; six in Braham; 70, Masemure; and 50 in Yeast Plant.

Minister Kellier said the Government recognises the need to transform sugar-dependent areas, and provide improved housing for estate workers and their families.

Under the Barracks Relocation Programme, which is being undertaken through grant funding from the European Union (EU), $298 million has been spent to re-house

84 families at Spicy Hill in Trelawny and Masemure, Shrewsbury and Barham in Westmoreland.

Minister Kellier informed that the Sugar Company of Jamaica Holdings Limited (SCJH) is undertaking a Housing Development and Community Regularization Programme across all six sugar estates in St. Catherine, Clarendon, Westmoreland, St. Thomas, and Trelawny and has established a Housing Project Unit to coordinate these activities.

The broad strategies being employed are: community regularisation that will affect over 10,000 families; joint venture housing project with private developers, providing over 6,000 homes; relocation of 2,640 families in nine communities; sale of lands for housing development; and joint venture agreement with the National Housing Trust (NHT).

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