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  • Hundreds of residents in Queensbury, South West St. Elizabeth, were presented with water tanks, fertilizer and vegetable seeds on December 1, by Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon Sandrea Falconer.
  • The donation consisted of 28 400-gallon black water tanks, 100 bags of fertilizer and hundreds of packets of carrot and onion seeds, valued at over $1.5 million.
  • Senator Falconer, who was born and grew up in Queensbury, said she made a request to former Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Dong Xiaojun, who left recently, for assistance for her community.

Hundreds of residents in Queensbury, South East St. Elizabeth, were presented with water tanks, fertilizer and vegetable seeds on December 1, by Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer.

The donation consisted of 28 400-gallon black water tanks, 100 bags of fertilizer and hundreds of packets of carrot and onion seeds, valued at over $1.5 million.

Senator Falconer, who was born and grew up in Queensbury, said she made a request to former Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Dong Xiaojun, who left recently, for assistance for her community.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, held at the Queensbury Missionary Church, the Minister said the donation represents her way of reaching out to the residents of  the district.

“I want to thank the Government and the People’s Republic of China. This is not a political thing. This was my initiative for the people of Queensbury, because the Chinese Ambassador is my very good friend and I asked him for assistance for my district. He asked me what I wanted, and I said black drums, fertilizer and seeds and as a result, we have this incredible gift from the government of China,” she said.

She pointed out that the black tanks will serve as part of drought mitigation efforts in the area, while the seeds and fertilizer will assist the vegetable farmers, who have suffered as a result of the recent drought, to get back into cultivation.

Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer (right), presents a 400-gallon water tank to Pastor of the Queensbury Missionary Church, in South West St. Elizabeth, Laurette Ellis (left), on December 1, as part of her outreach project for the community in which she was born. The Minister presented black water tanks, fertilizer and vegetable seeds to assist farmers with replanting, following the prolonged drought.

Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer (centre), checks her list at the handing over of fertilizer to farmers in Queensbury, South West St. Elizabeth, on December 1. Hundreds of farmers received black water tanks, bags of fertilizer and packets of vegetable seeds from the Minister, who was born in the community.

 

Meanwhile, residents expressed thanks to Minister Falconer for her efforts in reaching out to them at a time when they are still suffering from the prolonged drought, which devastated their vegetable cultivations.

Pastor of the Queensbury Missionary Church, Laurette Ellis, who received a black tank, said the donation is very timely, as residents, especially the farmers, have been struggling to get back into cultivation because of the persistent drought.

“I believe that this is a very timely gesture. In fact, because of the recent drought, persons have just started putting back seeds into the ground and some have been finding it very difficult. The water tanks, the seeds and the fertilizer are really a timely gesture,” Pastor Ellis said.

A recipient of seeds, Samantha Clarke, said she is very happy. “This is a big step for us. We thank Minister Falconer,” she told JIS News.