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  • The Ministry of Health is collaborating with farmers in upper Trelawny on the proposed establishment of a yam juice processing factory.
  • The Albert Town Yam Processing Factory is a vision of the Stettin United Farmers’ Group, which has over 70 registered farmers.
  • Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Luther Buchanan, met with representatives from the Group, during a tour of health facilities in the area.

The Ministry of Health is collaborating with farmers in upper Trelawny on the proposed establishment of a yam juice processing factory on Government lands adjacent to the Albert Town Health Centre in Stettin.

The Albert Town Yam Processing Factory is a vision of the Stettin United Farmers’ Group, which has over 70 registered farmers.

Discussions on the establishment of this facility were advanced on Thursday, March 20, when Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Luther Buchanan, met with representatives from the Group, during a tour of health facilities in the area.

Speaking with JIS News after the meeting at the Albert Town Health Centre,

Mr. Buchanan said the proposed processing plant forms part of government’s rural development thrust.

“Such a project is in keeping with what we have envisioned as a key component to rural development. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, are keen on food safety, and so a joined-up approach is exactly where we want to go,” Minister Buchanan told JIS News.

“Where there is space to co-exist between ministries, agencies and other operatives, we are very ready to accommodate this. As such, when the farmers pointed out to us that there was adequate land space at the Albert Town Health Centre to share, …we thought it was very important to visit to see exactly what they were asking of us and how best we can accommodate the request,” Mr. Buchanan elaborated.

President of the Stettin United Farmers’ Group, Dawnette Downer, expressed appreciation to the Minister of State for his visit.

“There is a lot of unemployment in the communities, so this project is being designed to sustain a lot of persons. We are very optimistic about our dream project,” Ms. Downer told JIS News.