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  • Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Michael Henry, says urgent focus is to be placed on the issue of land ownership and the use of reclaimed lands for agriculture within mining communities.
  • “There’s a lot of things that JAMALCO and the Bauxite Mining Industry have been doing but on the outskirts of what is the ‘real’ depth of developmen
  • “I’m going to see how much I can step in to ensure the handing over of lands, titles and to see how that can increase agricultural output. I’ve seen it being done by other Bauxite companies and I want to see JAMALCO intensify that,” he stated.

Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Michael Henry, says urgent focus is to be placed on the issue of land ownership and the use of reclaimed lands for agriculture within mining communities.

He made the commitment while meeting with the executive management Team of Alcoa Minerals of Jamaica (JAMALCO) on June 17.

He said the development of communities on lands which have been mined, the integration of communities into self-sustainability and the involvement of the people into that developmental plan was critical.

“There’s a lot of things that JAMALCO and the Bauxite Mining Industry have been doing but on the outskirts of what is the ‘real’ depth of development,” he said.

The Mining Minister pointed out that what he was looking for was self-sustainability and the pride of ownership for persons benefiting from mined lands.

“I’m going to see how much I can step in to ensure the handing over of lands, titles and to see how that can increase agricultural output.  I’ve seen it being done by other Bauxite companies and I want to see JAMALCO intensify that,” he stated.

Highlighting the Noranda operations in St. Ann where mined lands were being used to grow crops, he said that spoke clearly to the issue of how to re-use mined land.   He noted that the Government was making more money available for building houses, which presented greater incentives for persons owning and using mined lands.

“The lands of bauxite could be used for housing and agriculture and since it is rural based, it could be tied into an agricultural integration programme which could benefit from a re-built railway as part of the whole development plan,” Mr. Henry told JIS News.