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Kellier to give update on Government's drought mitigation programme today

Published:Tuesday | September 30, 2014 | 9:29 AM
Derrick Kellier - File

Acting Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier is to update the country today on the Government’s drought mitigation programme for the sector.



Kellier has called a press briefing for 10 a.m.



Recent rains have resulted in improvements at some of the island’s catchment facilities.



However, the authorities say this was still not enough to relax water restrictions imposed in response to the dry spell.



In July, the agriculture ministry announced a $30-million mitigation programme to help ease the impact of the dry spell on the sector.



A month later the government announced that the programme would receive a further $15 million.



The dry spell along with bush fires have resulted in a shortage of some agricultural produce.



However, the government has sought to assure that there is enough local produce to ensure the country's food security.



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