Some 80 farmers in the parishes of Clarendon, St Portland, Kingston, St Andrew, and St Ann are set to receive a total of 70,000 vegetable seedlings and 300 fruit trees, along with inputs such as chemicals and fertiliser, as well as technical support.
A cheque for $3.6 million was presented to the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) by United Way of Jamaica on Wednesday during the virtual launch of phase two of the JAS/United Way of Jamaica Project – Agri-Resilience Response to COVID 19. During the pilot phase, at least 20 farmers from St Catherine benefited to the tune of $600,000 and were provided with hot pepper, sweet pepper, tomato, cucumber and carrot seedlings, as well as lime, mango and avocado trees.
Project Manager Janet Pullen gave the assurance that the initiative would be well managed, with tentative plans for farmers’ markets in all the parishes to be held in time for Christmas to help the farmers sell their crops. She said that parish managers are mandated to monitor every participating farmer, providing six-week reports supplemented by videos, where possible. She also spoke to the responsibility of the beneficiaries.