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KINGSTON — The Government is looking to improve the supply of irrigation water to farmers in Yallahs, St. Thomas to boost agricultural production in the parish.

Cabinet has approved a $47 million contract to Bacchus Engineering Works Limited for the installation of pipes and fittings and ancillary works for the Eastern Yallahs Irrigation System, Phase 1.

Speaking on September 29 post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, said that phase one of the system will serve 311 farmers on 138 hectares of lands.

The project is one of four irrigation schemes under a National Irrigation Development Programme, which is being funded by way of a loan agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

In the meantime, Cabinet approved a US$1.2 million variation to a contract awarded to KIER Construction Limited, for the design and construction of the Dry River Bridge at Harbour View. The variation increases the total contract amount to just over US$10 million.

Minister Vaz explained that “the variation of the contract resulted from severe damage and disruption to works caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Nicole as well as changes in the scope of the works”.

The contracts were awarded on the recommendations of the National Contracts Commission and the Infrastructure Subcommittee.


By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter