JIS News

Some 100 farmers from the Mocho community in Clarendon have received fertilizer from Jamalco, as part of the bauxite company’s effort to assist in the Hurricane Ivan recovery process, particularly for farmers who produce in that mining area.
The fertilizer was handed over on Friday, August 5 to a group of representative farmers at the Clarendon Office of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).
Community Development Officer at Jamalco, Pamela White told JIS News that the company had worked through RADA to procure 100 bags of fertilizer at a local agricultural store for farmers in that community.
“This is an investment of over $111,000, and as a company, we see this as a worthwhile investment.in an effort to assist the farmers in the Mocho communities with the rehabilitation of their farms, as a post Hurricane Ivan effort. We really believe in the partnership with our community through RADA and all the other stakeholders that assisted us in getting these bags of fertilizer to the farmers,” she said.
Mrs. White pointed out that agriculture was the main economic activity in Mocho, and a sector which was very important to the survival of the country.
She added that Jamalco was also committed to other community development activities in the Mocho area, including the establishment of a $1.5 million multi-purpose hard court to facilitate sporting events in basketball, netball, volleyball and lawn tennis. She noted that Jamalco had been mining in the Mocho community for over 40 years.
Parish Manager for RADA, Percival Shaw told JIS News that the agency was pleased to have been involved in the procurement and distribution of the fertilizer.
“We are very happy that in spite of the scaling down of mining activities in the Mocho area, Jamalco has seen it fit to continue this link with the community and this gesture is an expression of their continued support,” he added.
He also cited Jamalco’s $50,000 support to the setting up of Clarendon’s pavilion at the 53rd annual Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial show this year.
Zena Dallas, a farmer from the Mocho community told JIS News that the fertilizer was appreciated.
“I’m very appreciative of the fertilizer, because I’m in need of it to farm my tomato, corn, gungo (peas), bean and pumpkin and I’m about to plant some pepper right now,” she said.