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Minister of Agriculture, Roger Clarke is scheduled to sign an agreement on Friday, August 26, which will see more than $401,000 worth of farm irrigation equipment, being handed over to farmers in St. Elizabeth.
The signing ceremony will be held at the United Farmers’ Multi-purpose Co-operative Limited, at Elim in St. Elizabeth and should commence at 10:00 a.m.
The Agreement, which falls under the new Agricultural Development Strategy of the Ministry of Agriculture, will see six farmers receiving benefits under the programme.
Each of the farmers will facilitate the provision of an on-farm irrigation system, as they each cultivate a mixture of crops, including hot pepper, sweet potato, melon, sweet pepper, tomato, cucumber, corn and calaloo on land ranging from 3.5 to 5.5 acres.
The Agricultural Development Strategy seeks to reduce, or remove obstacles and maximise the strengths of the agricultural sector by applying modern methods to foster transformation.
In keeping with this, its five major components are: competitive agriculture, efficient commercial farming; application of technology; integrated rural development, and the involvement of young farmers.