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Mix crop agro park to boost agriculture

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Mix-crop agro park to boost agriculture

The Government has embarked on a massive drive to boost agricultural production in Hanover, through the setting up of banana and mixed-crop agro parks.

Two parks are to be established - one in Hazelymph, which will be dedicated to banana production for export; and the other in Shettlewood, for cultivation of crops such as pineapple, cassava, ginger, Irish potato, sweet potato, sorrel, dasheen and coco and pepper.

Already, farmers are engaged in crop production at the sites and they have formed co-operatives and provident societies and are undergoing training through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).

RADA is also seeking to improve the programme for water-harvesting.

Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier, who toured the facilities recently, said he is impressed with the efforts of the farmers to formalise their operations in anticipation of the agro parks.

He noted that there are a lot of idle lands, some near spreads designated for the parks that the Government will be looking to bring into production.