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  • The Government will, this year, implement several projects, valued over $1 billion, which aim to transform the lives of sugar industry workers.
  • Approximately $700 million will be spent to rehabilitate over 80 kilometres of roads in all cane growing areas.
  • The Minister said some $122 million has also been earmarked to train an additional 600 persons, inclusive of youth.

The Government will, this year, implement several projects, valued over $1 billion, which aim to transform the lives of sugar industry workers.

Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, outlined details of the engagements during his 2015/16 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, April 21, under the theme: ‘Making Jamaica’s Agriculture Sustainable’.

Mr. Kellier said approximately $700 million will be spent to rehabilitate over 80 kilometres of roads in all cane growing areas, adding that “we will also complete an additional 80 social infrastructure projects in sugar dependent areas, in this financial year, at a cost at $273.4 million.”

The Minister said some $122 million has also been earmarked to train an additional 600 persons, inclusive of youth.

Mr. Kellier advised that the Government continued to address social transformation within the sector last year, by spending approximately $1.4 billion to construct 84 concrete houses in sugar dependent areas, under the Sugar Barracks Relocation Programme. He disclosed that an additional 313 units will be delivered “very shortly.”

Mr. Kellier further informed that 79 social projects, valued approximately $1.4 billion, were also completed last year.

These entailed work undertaken on schools, clinics, roads, community centres, water supply systems, and sports facilities.

The Minister said over 600 young people were trained, through the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, in a range of disciplines incorporating entrepreneurship and tractor operation, among other engagements.

“(We also) disbursed an additional $269 million to the Cane Expansion Fund to bring the fund up to $1.82 billion, which has supported significant cane expansion,” he informed the House.