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  • Construction of the first batch of housing units for sugar workers has been on target and should be completed by the end of this year.
  • Construction of the houses started last year with units in the parishes of Westmoreland, Trelawny, St. Thomas, and Clarendon. The target is 400 houses
  • Minister Clarke informed that 1,800 young persons are being trained over three years for prospective employment in the industry.

Agriculture Minister, the Hon. Roger Clarke says construction of the first batch of housing units for sugar workers has been on target and should be completed by the end of this year.

Construction of the houses started last year with units in the parishes of Westmoreland, Trelawny, St. Thomas, and Clarendon. The target is 400 houses.

In an interview with JIS News, Minister Clarke said, “I am very pleased with the progress report that I have received from the construction company charged with the responsibility of completing the 400 housing units for our Workers. Our Sugar Workers have worked hard to build this industry and the completion and handing over of these units will be a dream come through.”

Meanwhile, Minister Clarke informed that 1,800 young persons are being trained over three years for prospective employment in the industry.

“Training covers areas such as tractor driving, road construction and even the planting of canes. I am very optimistic that once completed, a number of these people who would have received training in the programme will find gainful employment in the sugar industry,” he outlined.

Minister Clarke said the housing and training projects form a major part of the ongoing development of, and investment in the sugar industry.