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    A ginger project costing some $1.5 million is to be established at Top Alston, in North West Clarendon.
    This is one of three National Labour Day Projects endorsed by the National Labour Day Planning Committee. The other projects are the installation of a multi-purpose court in Riversdale, St. Catherine, and the sprucing up of the St Ann’s Bay Hospital.
    In an interview with JIS News, Vice President of the North West Clarendon Ginger Resuscitation Programme, Shawn Thompson, said that work on the project site will begin on May 13. He said that a technical team from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will be renovating a building located on the 40-acre property. Refurbishing work on the structure, to be used to accommodate the person overseeing the project, is expected to cost some $750,000, he added.
    Giving details of what will take place on Labour Day, May 25, Mr. Thompson said community members and ginger farmers will be able to observe demonstrations of tissue culture planting. Tissue culture is a practice used to grow plants under sterile conditions, and often to produce clones of a plant. He noted that farmers are losing their crops because they are not familiar with the practice.
    According to Mr. Thompson, planting materials will be obtained from the Scientific Research Council and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). He said that funds allocated by the National Labour Day Committee, chaired by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, will go a far way in getting the project started.
    “We are so appreciative of the fact that the Minister saw it necessary to commit this money. She shares the dreams of the farmers in the region,” he added.
    Mr. Thompson said that Member of Parliament for the area, Michael Stern, has also committed funds from the Constituency Development Fund to ensure the success of the project.
    “We will continue to have dialogue with him and other agencies like RADA, to seek funding to bridge the gap that we currently have between what has been pledged and what has been budgeted for the project,” he noted.
    Labour Day will be observed under the theme, ‘Ketch the Vibes: Volunteerism, Intervention, Beautification, Empowerment for Success’.

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