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Agro-park farmers get help

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries J.C. Hutchinson (left) addresses farmers during a tour of the Plantain Garden River agro-park in St Thomas on June 24. The minister told them that the Government would help them recover from the losses as a result of the recent heavy rains.
Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries J.C Hutchinson (left) listens to farmer Donald Bent (right) during a tour of the Plantain Garden River agro-park in St Thomas on June 24. At centre is another farmer, Clarence Thompson.
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Farmers at the Plantain Garden River agro-park in St Thomas who incurred losses during the recent heavy rains are to receive assistance from the Government.

They will be given herbicides and cabbage, red pepper and hot pepper seeds and seedlings. The tractor that is used for land preparation will also be repaired.

The commitment was given by Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries J.C. Hutchinson, who toured the park on June 24. The tour provided the minister with a first-hand view of the operations and the challenges facing the farmers.

Donald Bent, who cultivates crops at the park, said he is very appreciative of the minister's commitment. "If we get that assistance, it will be able to bring us back on our (feet)," he said.

Another farmer, Clarence Thompson, said that although the rains have set them back, they are not daunted and will continue to cultivate crops in a bid to ensure the country's food security.

"We see ourselves as a group of farmers who should contribute significantly to the growth of the economy and also put a dent in the food and fruits that we are importing," he added.