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A project aimed at promoting sustainable development and the growth of agriculture in western Portland is currently being implemented by the Buff Bay Development Action Committee (BUBADAC), in association with a number of schools and community groups in the area.
The project is being funded by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), the Eastern Jamaica Agricultural Support Project (EJASP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), along with contributions from participating farming groups in the area.
This project involves the establishment of an irrigation plant in the Hart Hill/Windsor Castle community, river training activities, such as the building of gabion baskets, groynes and other appropriate devices to protect farm lands from flooding, and the establishment of a 38-acre farm in the Spring Garden area of the parish.
Among the activities being carried out on the farm are the planting of flowers, vegetables, peppers, fruit trees and the operation of a fish pond.Clarence Brown, President of BUBADAC told JIS News that the project was progressing successfully with several communities giving it their full support and co-operation.
He noted that a special effort has been made by BUBADAC to involve the schools in the area, because of the need to sensitise young people about the importance of agriculture to the development of the nation, and the benefits that could be derived from choosing agriculture as a vocation.
Mr. Brown said that BUBADAC intended to make the project an on-going activity to catalyse community development in the parish, and that one of its major objectives was the planting of fruit trees in the communities of the area for income generation sand soil conservation.