Trees to help rid Portmore of mosquitoes
Portmore, St Catherine, now has the benefit of 100 mosquito-repelling neem trees, thanks to The JMMB Group.
The financial entity partnered with the Forestry Department, the Portmore Municipal Council and residents this past Earth Day - April 22 - to make it a reality.
The trees, which also have bio-pesticide properties, were planted along the Charles Drive canal in Bridgeport.
An additional 150 neem trees are to be planted along the canals in Portsmouth and neighbouring communities.
The initiative comes in the wake of the first case of the Zika virus in a child living in the Sunshine City and the inclusion of St Catherine among the top-five parishes with the highest concentration of mosquito-breeding sites.
"This supports the efforts being made by the municipality and residents to rid the communities of mosquitoes," said Acting Mayor of Portmore Leon Thomas.
The planting of the neem trees formed a part of JMMB's Earth Day campaign, designed to enhance public awareness of the value of trees and their contribution to the ecosystem.