Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green has given SCJ Holdings Limited until the end of November to provide a report on the status of the lease arrangements of all land over which it has jurisdiction.
Thereafter, he will decide on a course of action in respect of people who have been farming on lands owned by the SCJ, whether legally or illegally.
This disclosure came during Wednesday’s tour of farms in Hartland, St Catherine, where he got a first-hand look at the devastation to pepper and sorrel production as well as a tour of fish farms that were affected by recent heavy rains.
The farmers, who admitted that they were occupying former sugar lands illegally, told The Gleaner that they were unable to expand their operations since they have been unable to invest in infrastructural improvements. They also have not been able to use the land as collateral, which continues to hamstring their efforts at expansion.