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    The Jamworld Fishing Village in Portmore should be completed by August to facilitate the relocation of fisherfolk, who ply their trade along the Causeway.
    A $72 million contract for the completion of works at the Jamworld complex, to facilitate the move, was signed yesterday (April 23) at the Ministry of Transport and Works’ Maxfield Avenue office.
    The contract, which was awarded to M&M Jamaica Limited, will facilitate beach rehabilitation works to facilitate the fishing boats. “Within three and a half months, when the dredging activities are completed, and the boats can come around to the facility, then all the fishermen and the vendors will be relocated,” said Chief Executive Officer of the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC), Ivan Anderson.
    Minister of State Joseph Hibbert, explained that the Jamworld complex was 80 per cent complete, exhibiting 32 brightly coloured vending and fishing units in hues of blue and green. “The facility consists of a vending block, storage cubicles for the fishermen, bathroom facilities inclusive of septic tank and tile field (for drainage),” he outlined.
    Mr. Anderson pointed out that the about 80 fisherfolk along with crew members could be accommodated at the site. He made it clear that it was not for residential purposes.
    The construction of the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 necessitated the relocation of the fisherfolk along the Causeway, some of whom have been plying their trade there for the past 30 years.
    The management and operation of the fishing village will be undertaken by a committee comprising representatives of the Portmore Municipality, the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, fishermen and fish vendors.

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