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Jamaica: Government steps up river training programme amid flooding concerns

The Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Floyd Green, says the Government will be seeking to address the issue of river training as a mitigation tool to prevent crop losses from flooding.

The recent heavy rains and some river breaches caused widespread flooding, resulting in some 2,955 hectares of crop losses, valued at approximately $2.5 billion and impacting thousands of farmers.

Crops lost include legumes, vegetables, condiments, cereal, plantains, fruits, Irish and sweet potatoes, bananas, yam, cassava and sorrel.

Overall losses for livestock amounted to some $38.9 million with a total of approximately 780 farmers being affected.

Addressing members of the media during a recent tour of flood-damaged areas in St. Thomas, the Minister said consideration is being given to developing a river-training programme.

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