JIS News

Cabinet yesterday (April 24) approved the allocation of some $16.5 million to assist in drought alleviation projects that are slated to begin soon across the island.
Information and Development Minister, Senator Colin Campbell made this disclosure to journalists at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing, which was held at Jamaica House.
Of the approved sum, $11.5 million will be derived from the coffers of the Ministry of Finance and Planning while the additional $5 million is to come from the Ministry of Local Government and Environment’s Equalisation Fund.
According to Senator Campbell, the money will be combined with the $8 million, which was approved by Cabinet three weeks ago, to initiate the drought alleviation programme.
The combined financial resources for the programme is currently $24.5 million.
Senator Campbell acknowledged that “while some rain has been falling, it has not been enough to alleviate the problems.”
He further told journalists that the drought alleviation programme “is being dealt with through the local authorities and it has to do mainly with the trucking of water to the drought-stricken areas in most of the parishes.”