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Jamaica: ‘Pennies For Produce’ – Farmers, Others In Bellas Gate Lament Decades-Long Neglect

Residents of Bellas Gate, a rural farming community in St Catherine, have been crying out for basic infrastructure and job opportunities for its declining youth population.

But that lament for improved infrastructure, such as health and community centres, as well as skills-training facilities, has largely gone unnoticed for decades, residents told The Gleaner on Monday.

“For years, we have been crying out for a health centre to be constructed in the community, given the size of the population and the distance we have to travel to get to the nearest health centre, which is more than six miles,” said Burchell Watson, vice-president of the community development committee.

Watson said those deficits extend to farmers, who are having difficulties accessing markets for their produce.

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