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The National Irrigation Development Project has been given $21.5 million in budgetary support this fiscal year, as the Government strengthens efforts to increase agricultural production.
As stated in the 2009/10 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the funds will go towards the procurement of irrigation equipment for farmers in Beacon/Little Park and Seven Rivers, St. James and continue irrigation training in collaboration with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).
Implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries through funding from the Caribbean Development Bank and the Government of Jamaica, the project aims to enhance crop production and diversity, thereby increasing farm incomes and rural employment in the long-term. The project areas are Pedro Plains and Hounslow in St. Elizabeth, and Seven Rivers in St. James.
As at January 2009, a project steering committee has been established; social organiser and engineering consultant engaged; three Water User Associations were registered; while installation of pipes, fitting and appurtenances for the Little Park/Beacon irrigation system has been completed and pumps and switchgear equipment tested.
Installation and testing of pipes, fittings and appurtenances for the Seven River project has also been completed, while four wells have been rehabilitated, with new switchgear and pumps put in place.
The project, which commenced May 2002 was scheduled for completion in January 2007 but has been extended until December 2009.

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