KINGSTON — Approval has been granted by the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) Board of Directors for the expenditure of $1.5 million, to upgrade three abandoned community catchment systems in the parish of St. Elizabeth.
The systems are located in Southfield, Lititz and White Hill, all known for their agricultural production.
This was announced by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Robert Montague, while giving the keynote address at the commissioning of a Photovoltaic electric generating system at the Hounslow Research and Demonstration facility in St. Elizabeth, on November 11.
"The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has informed me that some of the farmers in these areas can only produce one crop per year, because of a lack of water, so the upgrading of these systems will assist them greatly,” he said.
Mr. Montague said the NIC has been mandated to get the project underway before the end of November, so that the farmers in those areas can have access to water in the shortest time possible.
He called for collaboration between the NIC and the St. Elizabeth Parish Council in implementing the project, and requested that another project which was started some time ago to pipe water to the district of Blunters, be also completed.
"So, in terms of water, we are moving to let the farmers have the liquid to produce more, so that we will have enough crops for processing,” the Minister said.
By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter