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Wanton destruction of agricultural lands

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 11:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is with alarm and concern that I note the wanton destruction of agricultural lands by the developers of the various legs of the new highways criss-crossing this country.

As a lands officer attached to one of the lands departments, it pains my heart to see acres of good agricultural lands being replaced by so many miles of roads. It is very well and good to have roads giving free access to every nook and cranny of Jamaica within minimum time, but alas, this is at the expense of good agricultural lands! No wonder our food import bills are so high since most of our top producing farming areas have gone into road construction, and previously, housing construction. Our farmers are now made redundant as most of the areas that they previously used to farm have been bought or forcibly acquired for this so- called 'great development'.

Don't get me wrong. I am all for development, but I believe more careful thought should have been put in place to decide where to place these roads as I strongly believe the more marginal lands should have been used and not prime agricultural lands.

God forbid if any calamity should take place in the countries which are our main importers of food. I can then foresee most Jamaicans dying of hunger as scarce food items would then only be available to the wealthy few.

Concerned citizen