Councillors urged to do more to help farmers
Director for the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Thinking Practices at The University of the West Indies, Dr K’adamawe K’nife, had hundreds of farmers fired up at the St Gabriel’s Church Hall in May Pen on Tuesday.
Addressing the farmers who turned out at the Clarendon Agro-Economic Symposium, he challenged the councillors to do more for the communities they represent by making use of the many project calls.
He said that some councillors were just too lazy to perform the jobs they should be doing.
“Grab opportunities, mek we seize dem man, you can write proposals ladies and gentleman, man. Even if you don’t get assistance from local government, write the proposal,” he encouraged.
“Money exists. JSIF have ton loads a money, dem have a programme which is called the Rural Economic Development Initiative, but sometimes what is lacking is the proposal that we must write, but money is there. Them just launch the Poverty Reduction Programme, but money is there,” K’nife said, reeling off the many different initiatives that farmers can receive financial assistance from – a lot of them, he pointed out, are linked to agriculture.
“Your councillor team (addressing Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh) has the biggest potential to transform Clarendon, if they stop find excuse and find where the fund is. I want the rest of the people [to] write proposals as well,” he said.
The all-day symposium saw farmers from several communities in Clarendon being informed on the many opportunities that exist in farming through presentations which included the Cannabis Licensing Authority, Bamboo Industry and Agro Investments Corporation.