JIS News

Beginning the first week of November, the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) is expected to begin distributing agricultural supplies to farmers who suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Ivan.
JAS President, Senator Norman Grant, told JIS News that funding for the effort had come from contribution made to the JAS by the United Way of Jamaica and the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS). The organizations have committed to raising $100 million to assist the post hurricane rebuilding efforts in the agriculture and education sectors.
Senator Grant said that farmers would also benefit from tools and mesh for nurseries. Food for the Poor recently donated a 20-foot container load of the items to the JAS for distribution.
The President emphasized that every effort was being made to assist farmers in need and “once we get the benefits we are going to get them out there.” He added that, farmers should rest assured that “help is on the way.”
He noted however, that even though the distribution process initiated by the JAS would be done on a national level, the parishes that suffered the worse damage, with respect to agriculture, would be prioritized in the first instance.
The parishes being prioritized are Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, St.James, Clarendon, and Manchester. Senator Grant stressed however, that all farmers would be assisted overtime.

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