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  • An additional 820 serviced lots are to be handed over to Sugar Estate Barracks dwellers in Westmoreland under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Sugar Transformation Unit Barracks Relocation Project.
  • Minister Clarke was speaking recently at Shrewsbury Falls in Westmoreland where 45 Certificates of Ownership were handed over to former occupants of sugar cane estate barracks.
  • Under Phase Two of the project, another 134 sugar estate dwellers, who did not qualify for benefits under Phase One of the Sugar Estate Barracks Relocation Project, will get the chance to own their own homes.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says March 2015, an additional 820 serviced lots are to be handed over to Sugar Estate Barracks dwellers in Westmoreland under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Sugar Transformation Unit Barracks Relocation Project.

Minister Clarke was speaking recently at Shrewsbury Falls in Westmoreland where 45 Certificates of Ownership were handed over to former occupants of sugar cane estate barracks in Barham, Shrewsbury and Masemure.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in her remarks at the function, said that under Phase Two of the project, another 134 sugar estate dwellers, who did not qualify for benefits under Phase One of the Sugar Estate Barracks Relocation Project, will get the chance to own their own homes.

This, the Prime Minister stated, will address the dire needs of those residents, who did not reside in the barracks at the time of divestment, but who lived both formally and informally on the sugar estate.

According to Minister Clarke “those people who have been occupying lands from  Hartford through Morass Lane, we hope that by November (2014) we would have put into their hands, 450 lots surveyed and all that around it. We are working on Food Farm, which is another 370 lots.”

He continued, “ So we believe that by March next year we would have had another 820 lots – which used to belong to (West Indies Sugar Company Limited), WISCO Tate and Lyle now the Government of Jamaica – into the hands of those people, who would have been occupying those lots over many, many years.”.

The programme, which is in partnership with the European Union (EU), will see more than $21.3 billion being disbursed over 11 years to transform the sugar industry.

EU Charge d’Affaires Delegations to Jamaica, Jesùs Orùs Báguena, who also addressed the handing over ceremony said that to date, close to $14 billion has already been disbursed through the Sugar Workers Housing Programme, the Cane Roads Rehabilitation Project, the Regional Drainage Project, and programmes to improve clinics, schools and sports facilities.

Under the programme, the government is rolling out several major projects to improve the social and economic infrastructure in sugar dependent communities in the parishes of St. Thomas, Clarendon, Trelawny and Westmoreland.