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First agro economic zone coming

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM
.C. Hutchinson (second right) in discussion with (from left) RADA's Percival Shaw; Agro-Investment Corporation 's Charles Reid and RADA's Peter Thompson, at a warehouse in Spring Plain, Clarendon. The building will be renovated and converted as part of the first agro economic zone to be established by the Government.

The Government is to establish its first agro economic zone in Spring Plain, Clarendon through a public-private partnership to process and market produce. Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, says the property, which has a large warehouse, has been leased by an investor and, when it is fully operational, farmers will have a market for their crops.

"We are going to have grading, packaging and processing of all crops," the minister said at the end of a tour of the Ebony Park and Spring Plan agro parks on Tuesday.

He noted that the complex will have a drying facility and an abattoir, adding that fruits and vegetables, which usually rot in the fields, will be taken to the zone and made into puree and then marketed.

The minister pointed out that the investor will also be manufacturing potato chips. He advised farmers to get into production by September so that by next year they can sell their produce to the factory.