Farm watches launched in Portland
Farmers in Portland are to benefit from the recent launch of three farm watches in the parish to reduce praedial larceny.
The watches have been set up in the communities of Manchioneal, Snow Hill, and Cambridge, the pioneer groups in Portland.
Coordinator for the Farm Watch Programme, Sergeant Maurice McLean, told farmers that one of the main objectives is to ensure they receive major returns on their investments.
"When you invest in farming you want to see the profit, you want to ensure that your dreams and aspirations are fulfilled, and that's why we want the farm watch to be a success," McLean said.
He explained that the farm watch is not solely to address praedial larceny, but to empower farmers to be proactive. The police conduct farm visits and security surveys to mitigate security risks that will provide an opportunity for thieves, he noted.
Buff Bay High, Orange Bay Primary get new classrooms
Four classrooms, valued at $23 million, have been built at Buff Bay High and Orange Bay Primary schools in Portland.
Each institution has been provided with two classrooms, constructed at a cost of $11.5 million with funding from the government of Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project.
The additions at Buff Bay High have increased the classroom complement to 21. A storeroom was also built at the institution. There are 789 students at the school.
The number of classrooms has increased to five at Orange Bay Primary, which has 145 students. A new perimeter fence was also erected at the school.
Both institutions also received furniture for the new classrooms, valued at more than $1 million.
Daryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and member of parliament for West Portland, where the institutions are located, spearheaded both projects.
The classrooms were formally opened by Education, Youth and Information Minister Ruel Reid; Japan's ambassador to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano; and Vaz, during ceremonies last Thursday.
Reid, in welcoming the additions, noted that Jamaica continues to benefit from the generosity of the government and people of Japan.