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  • Twenty farmers in the Waugh Hill community of Sligoville, St. Catherine, were the beneficiaries of 650-gallon water tanks on December 9, under the Drought Mitigation Programme of the Ministry of Agriculture.
  • The tanks, which are provided through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), were delivered by Minister with responsibility for Sport and Member of Parliament for North Central St. Catherine, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, at a ceremony held at the Waugh Hill Baptist Church.
  • Mrs. Neita Headley expressed thanks to the Ministry of Agriculture for the contribution to her constituency.

Twenty farmers in the Waugh Hill community of Sligoville, St. Catherine, were the beneficiaries of 650-gallon water tanks on December 9, under the Drought Mitigation Programme of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The tanks, which are provided through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), were delivered by Minister with responsibility for Sport and Member of Parliament for North Central St. Catherine, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, at a ceremony held at the Waugh Hill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Neita Headley expressed thanks to the Ministry of Agriculture for the contribution to her constituency. She said the donation is timely, given that her constituents have recently expressed a need for the water catchment facility to be used for farming in the area.

She further urged the farmers to establish a cooperative and structured approach to farming, to ensure consistency and security of supply of their produce.

“We would like to have focused farming in this community, so we can have a stable income-generating source out of farming,” she said.

Mrs. Neita Headley said the farmers in her constituency will be provided with an additional 25 tanks at a subsidised cost, through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), by next week.

Meanwhile, RADA Parish Manager, Victor Edwards,  encouraged the farmers and community members to store water in preparation for harsh drought conditions expected in upcoming months. He said the donation is apt, as the tanks will serve as mitigation against the drought.

“Save the water, so that our food safety and food sovereignty is ensured,” he urged the farmers.