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More farm roads to be fixed this year

Published:Saturday | April 3, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Approximately 9.6 kilometres of flood-damaged farm roads in five parishes will be repaired this fiscal year, as work continues under the Reduction of Fluctuation in Export Exchange project.

The parishes in which the work will be undertaken are Hanover, St James, St Catherine, Trelawny, and St Ann.

A sum of $128 million has been allotted for the project in the 2010-11 Estimates of Expendi-ture, now before the House of Representatives.

The allocation will also facilitate the tendering and award of contracts for work on 10 other roads.

The project, which started in April 2006, aims to rehabilitate approximately 36 flood-damaged farm roads in the parishes of Hanover, Trelawny, Westmoreland, St James, St Catherine, St Elizabeth, St Ann, Manchester and Clarendon.

Up to March this year, work on the project, funded jointly by the European Union and the Government of Jamaica, had started on 18 road segments totalling 16.3 kilometres in the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester St Elizabeth and Westmoreland.

The project is expected to end in March 2011.