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80 Clarendon youths to be employed in bamboo project

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 10:08 AM

The Government and the Organisation of American States will tomorrow sign an agreement that's expected to result in the employment of 80 young people in a bamboo project in Peckham, Clarendon. 

The signing is scheduled to take place at 10 o'clock in the morning at the  Planning Institute of Jamaica in St Andrew.

Under the deal, the OAS is to give support towards the implementation of the Peckham Bamboo Pre-Processing Project. 

A statement from the State Minister in the Works Ministry, Richard Azan, said young people will be the primary beneficiaries of the project. 

The 80 youth are expected to be employed by 2018, when the plant at Pekham should be producing and exporting bamboo charcoal.

According to Azan, the bamboo project will result in an increased supply of pre-processed bamboo for the market. 

About 40 hectares of land is expected to be put into production to facilitate the project.