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$17.5m provided to farmers affected by beet armyworm outbreak

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 6:25 AM
Scallion - one of the crops affected by the beet army worm.

Farmers in South Manchester and South St Elizabeth who have been affected by the beet armyworm have benefited from $17.5 million in support from the Government.

The farmers have lost some 150 acres of scallion, tomato, cucumber, callaloo, onion, and beetroot to the pest.

Minister without Portfolio in the Agriculture Ministry, J.C. Hutchinson, says the ministry wants the farmers to resume work.

The farmers have been provided with plant material; spray equipment; fertilisers; and weed whackers, among other things.

Hutchinson was speaking at the handover of the items at the New Forest/Duff House Water User's Association office in Manchester on Wednesday

He noted that the Association will have responsibility for the equipment, and the president of the entity will monitor their use.

Hutchinson said the Ministry will also be facilitating training and public education in the areas of land preparation and mulching, to mitigate against any further outbreak of the beet armyworm.

He urged the farmers to take advantage of the sessions, noting that poor farming practices were the main cause of the outbreak.