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Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) member farmers in East Rural St. Andrew have called for more bushing and fixing of roads in their communities, to support increased agricultural production.
At a recent meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Association of Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), a resolution was passed calling on the National Works Agency (NWA) and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to take immediate action in the matter.
President of Kingston and St. Andrew Association of Branch Societies, Senator Norman Grant, explained that the roads and roadways are in very bad condition, and that it is affecting the ability of the farmers to produce to the maximum.
He said the affected roads included: Gordon Town through to Resource, Hall’s Delight and Westphalia via Mavis Bank; Guava Ridge to St. Peters’ via Content Gap; Guava Ridge to Flamstead; Bull Bay to Bloxburgh and Sommerset; Middleton to Red Light; Penfield Road to Mt. Industry Road; Sugar Loaf Road; Hope River to Constitution Hill; Industry Road to Maryland and Woodford Road.
Senator Grant acknowledged that recently bushing started on the Gordon Town to Mavis Bank Road, as well as major repairs to the Nest Castle to Hardware Gap Road. However, he said that while the farmers welcome these moves, they are asking the authorities to expedite the repair of the other roadways in the parish.
“It is making the production effort of the rural farmers and citizens very difficult. The conditions of these rural roadways are also affecting normal life, such as school, church, work and other social events,” he said.
“The Kingston and St. Andrew JAS is also calling on the Minister of Transport to immediately make allocation from the fuel tax for the repairs of these roads,” Senator Grant said.

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