Amity Hall agro park now compliant with national environmental regulations
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The Ministry of Agriculture says the agro park at Amity Hall, St Catherine is now in compliance with national environmental regulations.
On July 9, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) issued a stop order in relation to the park’s construction after the Agro Investment Corporation was found to be carrying out river basin works at the site without an environmental permit.
The Corporation is the Ministry’s agency responsible for implementing agro parks across the island.
Permanent Secretary in the Agriculture Ministry, Donovan Stanberry told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning that the Corporation has complied with the order.
He also says remedial steps have been taken to mitigate against environmental impact.
NEPA had accused the Corporation of clearing the riparian vegetation on the embankments of the Black River in Amity Hall without mitigating measures to prevent the entry of soil and sediments into the river.
A riparian zone is the interface area between land and a river or stream.
They play a significant role in maintaining soil conservation and habitat diversity.
The Amity Hall agro park is among nine such facilities to be established over the next three years as part of plans by the government to put some 8,000 acres of land into agricultural production.
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