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  • Cabinet has approved two contracts valued at $280.5 million to establish new irrigation systems at the Ebony Park and Spring Plain Agro-Parks in Clarendon.
  • The contracts have been awarded to Jamaica Drip Irrigation Ltd. and are for six- month periods, beginning August.
  • Under the contract, Jamaica Drip Irrigation Ltd. will undertake the supply, laying and installation of pipes, pumps and fittings as well as the fencing of pumping stations.

Cabinet has approved two contracts valued at $280.5 million to establish new irrigation systems at the Ebony Park and Spring Plain Agro-Parks in Clarendon.

The contracts have been awarded to Jamaica Drip Irrigation Ltd. and are for six- month periods, beginning August.

Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer said Cabinet approved a contract in the amount of $214. 47 million for the supply and installation of pipes and fittings.

“Government’s agro parks project seeks to increase agricultural production and productivity in a sustainable manner. The development of our agro-parks will help to increase even further the growth we have seen in the agricultural sector over the last year,” Minister Falconer said.

She was addressing the Jamaica House Media Briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston on Wednesday, May 28.

Under the contract, Jamaica Drip Irrigation Ltd. will undertake the supply, laying and installation of pipes, pumps and fittings as well as the fencing of pumping stations.

There are over 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) of land in Spring Plain and Ebony Park.

Last month, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon Roger Clarke informed in  his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, that two years into its implementation, the Government’s flagship agro-parks initiative is yielding success, having realized $36.3 million in earnings and employing more than 1,000 persons.