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Subsidised irrigation water supply for some St Elizabeth farmers

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2013 | 9:21 AM

Nearly 500 additional farmers in the breadbasket parish of St Elizabeth are to benefit from sustainable, subsidised irrigation water supply.



This follows yesterday’s approval by the House of Representatives of the realignment of the Pedro Plains irrigation area, and the establishment of the New Forrest/Duff House irrigation area.



Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, who brought resolutions to the House, noted that the Pedro Plains irrigation area, established in 2006, has served 306 farmers who have more than 403 hectares under cultivation.



He says the expansion is projected to serve a further 54 farmers and bring an additional 64 hectares of land under irrigation.



The minister further told the House that the New Forrest/Duff House irrigation project, which was commissioned in March, will be supporting 497 farmers and will see 398 hectares of land under irrigation.



Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture J.C. Hutchinson said the projects are of vital importance to the growth of the sector.



The irrigation system, which is managed by the National Irrigation Commission (NIC), comprises of wells, pumping stations and conveyance pipeline systems.



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