Friday May 10, 2019 | Jamaica Information Service
300 St. Elizabeth Farmers Receive Irrigation Equipment Valued at $69 Million
Some 300 farmers who cultivate approximately 150 acres of land in Southfield and Bull Savannah in St. Elizabeth have benefited from drip irrigation tools and equipment valued at over $69 million.
During a ceremony at the Bethel Bible Camp in the Malvern Chase District of Southfield on Thursday (May 9), each farmer was presented with 0.5 acres of drip irrigation hoses and fittings, two 1,000-gallon water storage tanks as well as harvesting crates.
The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) provided $63.4 million for the equipment under its ‘Basic Needs Trust Fund’ which is financed through a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank, with the two farmers’ groups contributing $5.54 million.