Jamaican government spends $1.8 billion to fix 250 farm roads

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson, says 250 roads islandwide have been improved under the Government’s National Farm Road Programme.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson (centre), cuts the ribbon to open the rehabilitated Marl Road community roadway, in Balaclava, St. Elizabeth, on December 19. Sharing the moment are Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson (right) and Member of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth, Evon Redman.

He was speaking at the official opening of the rehabilitated roadways in the Marl Road and Castleton communities, in Balaclava, St Elizabeth, on Thursday, December 19.

“We have spent over $1.8 billion on roughly 250 roads throughout the length and breadth of this island,” the Minister said.

“We have done our best to see if we can help the farmers in the various communities.”

— J.C. Hutchinson

“I want to congratulate all the persons from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) who have made this possible. We have done our best to see if we can help the farmers in the various communities,” Hutchinson said.

He further noted that since implementation of the programme, “we have assisted 15,934 farmers across the island.”

The programme forms part of the Government’s initiative to improve farm roads and the economic viability of agricultural activities within rural Jamaica.

More than 70 farmers in the Marl Road community and 80 farmers from Castleton are set to benefit from rehabilitation of the roadways.