JIS News

Farmers in St. Ann, who suffered losses during last September’s Hurricane Ivan, are benefiting from the donation of food items from Food for the Poor.
Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) parish manager for St. Ann, Dennis Steele, told JIS News that Food for the Poor has been playing a “tremendous role” in assisting the families of those farmers, who suffered agricultural losses as a result of the hurricane and has committed to providing them with foodstuff every month for a period of three years.
The families will be receiving items such as wheat flour, rice, milk powder and cooking oil.Mr. Steele informed that the JAS was in the process of distributing the supplies and the households have been very receptive.
He further mentioned, that vegetable farmers were benefiting from the distribution of farm tools and seeds for replanting. “Through the JAS branches in the parish, these farmers have received tools such as shovels, pickaxes, hoes and machetes,” he said, adding that carrot, tomato and pakchoi seeds were also distributed.
“To date, a total of 600 farmers have benefited from the programme and those who have not received assistance as yet will be benefiting soon,” he noted, adding that power saws would also be rotated among the JAS branches in the parish.
Noting that the farmers on the western side of the parish had been worst affected by the hurricane, Mr. Steele said that the JAS had been working hard to assist them in the rehabilitation process.
He appealed to the farmers to continue to cooperate with the JAS as the agency strove to develop agriculture in St. Ann and the entire island as well.

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