St Ann farmers to benefit from irrigation project

Fifty farmers from Cascade in St Ann are benefiting from improved access to irrigation, through a $29-million community-based agricultural pilot project.

The closing-out ceremony for the JCCCP Pilot Project was held at the Frazer Church of God of Prophecy in Cascade, St Ann, on Tuesday, October 15. (Photos: JIS)
The closing-out ceremony for the JCCCP Pilot Project was held at the Frazer Church of God of Prophecy in Cascade, St Ann, on Tuesday, October 15. (Photos: JIS)

The three-year-old initiative was implemented by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, through the local office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and was financed by the Government of Japan as part of the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP).

Each of the beneficiaries – 35 men and 15 women – received a multipurpose shed that is gutted to harvest water in 1,000-gallon tanks, while providing the flexibility for storage and shelter.

“Coming out of this project, we look forward to the increased production of potatoes, lettuce, carrots, and yam.”

— Agriculture Ministry’s Dr Roy McNeil

This is to work in tandem with drip-irrigation systems for the various crops being produced on the farms across the area.

In addition, the farmers were also involved in an extensive training programme in climate-smart agriculture that exposed them to water resource management, irrigation technologies and climate change adaptation strategies, among other sustainable agricultural practices.

President of the Cascade Farmers Group in St Ann, Derval McLean (left), accepts a plaque for his role in a community-based agricultural pilot, as part of the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP), from Project Accountant at the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Kimberly Cheddar, at the closing out ceremony at the Frazer Church of God of Prophecy in Cascade, on Tuesday, October 15. (Photo: JIS)
President of the Cascade Farmers Group in St Ann, Derval McLean (left), accepts a plaque for his role in a community-based agricultural pilot, as part of the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (JCCCP), from Project Accountant at the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Kimberly Cheddar, at the closing out ceremony at the Frazer Church of God of Prophecy in Cascade, on Tuesday, October 15.

At a closing-out ceremony for the project at the Frazer Church of God of Prophecy in the community on Tuesday, October 15, Chief Technical Director at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), Dr Roy McNeil, said he is confident that the project will have a positive outcome for agriculture in the community.

“Coming out of this project, we look forward to the increased production of potatoes, lettuce, carrots, and yam, to name a few, as we strive towards achieving Jamaica’s food security through a sustainable agricultural sector,” McNeil explained.