JIS News

Chairman of the Manchester Parish Development Committee (PDC), Clarence Myers, has reiterated the need for the agricultural sector to be given the focus needed to be sustainable.
“Agriculture is the way to go, bauxite wont be here for ever. Agriculture is more sustainable, and our actions must be to do more than we have been doing, and get the younger generation involved in agriculture, and let them see the earning potential in the sector,” he told JIS NEWS.
Mr. Myers was speaking Tuesday (September 15) at the end of a session at the Ridgemount United Church, Mandeville, on life after bauxite.
The event was organized by the PDC, in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).
“It has helped us to look at the issue in a real way, and will help to force the creative energies and minds to come together to see, ultimately, what we, as a parish, can make of the ideas presented,” said Manchester Parish Manager of the SDC, Rose Griffiths.
Chairperson for the Newport Consultative Committee, Elrett Gooden, said that the session provided needed information on titling for bauxite lands.
“The information presented can help communities to move forward, we need to find ways to empower our communities, and meetings like these are what we must use to provide information,” she told JIS News.
The suspension of mining operations at Windalco and Alpart has affected the economy of Manchester, and several organizations in the parish have been staging forums to look at other industries.

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