Ministry of Agriculture partners with Trelawny Municipality on sustainable development plan

Monday, March 19, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has partnered with the Trelawny Municipal Corporation (TMC) to develop the Trelawny Local Sustainable Development Plan, which was launched last week Friday.

According to the ministry the $20 million plan is in keeping with its 2030 Local Sustainable Development Plan to “drive growth and improve the quality of lives of the people”

“We anticipate the implementation of this plan, which, we believe, will greatly assist in attracting local and international investment in developmental projects in the parish,” said Technical Director for Special Projects in the Ministry, Courtney Cole, who represented Karl Samuda at the launch.

The ministry said the chief technical director urged farmers to engage in diversification of the sector as this is important for the sustainable development of the parish.

He further noted that through the Ministry's the Sugar Transformation Unit (STU), European Union-grant funding totalling $10m was provided to 16 beneficiaries to facilitate the implementation of several income-generating projects under the plan.

“These include community-based agricultural projects in Albert Town geared at promoting yam production and the Wire Fence Community Agricultural Economic Project, which involved nine beneficiaries in poultry and cash crop production,” stated the ministry.

The Trelawny Local Sustainable Development Plan is one of six plans funded by the STU in sugar-dependent parishes in collaboration with other stakeholders such as the National Housing Trust.

The ministry said approximately $746 million has also been spent by the STU in Trelawny on 51 projects, including construction of 39 houses for 97 sugar workers, construction of library facilities, and rehabilitation of 14.55 km of cane roads. Over 86 residents received skills training in plumbing, housekeeping, commercial food preparation and data operations.

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