CDB approves $multi-million grant for agriculture project
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant for £974, 000 (J$174 million) to the Government to help farmers in St Catherine and Clarendon.
The CDB says the money will be used to prepare a feasibility and design study towards the Catherine and Clarendon Agricultural Development project, which it says is being funded through a grant from the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF).
The UKCIF is being administered by the CDB.
“The agriculture sector plays a significant role in Jamaica’s socio-economic development and provides employment opportunities for rural residents. In St Catherine and Clarendon, there are large areas of land which are being underutilised and which could provide opportunities for expanding the sector. The plans and designs developed under this feasibility study will lay the groundwork for a project to enhance the productivity of farmers in these parishes,” said Andrew Dupigny, Head of Infrastructure Partnerships, CDB.
The CDB says the feasibility study will be used to establish the capacity for an agriculture project, including an irrigation system and associated production and marketing systems.
It notes that the challenges for the agriculture sector in Jamaica include irregular rainfall and increase droughts.
The CDB says Clarendon and St Catherine are among six areas identified for the development of major irrigation systems in Jamaica, of which three have been completed.