Gov't to spend $400 million to upgrade markets
Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie said some $400 million will be spent during the 2018/2019 financial year to construct and upgrade markets across the island.
McKenzie said that the expenditure is the largest in recent years for the improvement of market infrastructure, noting that the investment will stimulate small-scale economic activity.
He said there is a need for markets across the island to get “serious attention” as the facilities are major sources of income for many Jamaicans.
McKenzie was speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for construction of the new Port Maria Market in St. Mary on Wednesday.
The $56-million market will replace the existing structure and will comprise a ground floor for the sale of produce and a top floor to accommodate shops, which will be rented for commercial activities.
McKenzie urged the people of Port Maria to take care of the asset being provided.