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Agriculture ministry signs contracts to repair cane roads
2013-09-04 07:56:06 | (0 Comments)
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has signed contracts valued at a total of $404.1 million to rehabilitate 4 kilometers of cane roads in seven sugar dependent areas across the island.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Roger Clarke (third left), along with Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Eastern St Thomas, Dr Fenton Ferguson (right), sign a $30.4 million contract to rehabilitate two cane roads in St Thomas.
Based on the contracts, road repairs are to take effect in St Thomas, St Catherine, Clarendon, St Elizabeth, Westmoreland and Trelawny under the Cane Roads Rehabilitation Project.
The project is being implemented by the agriculture ministry through its Sugar transformation Unit with funding provided by the European Union.
Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke says the road rehabilitation project is aimed at improving the efficiency of the transportation of sugarcane from farm to factory.
He says it forms part of the Government’s Sugar Adaptation Strategy to support the recovery of the industry.
He says the project, should also improve the efficiency of cane harvesting operations in the sugar sector and reduce the significant post-harvest losses, which are estimated at three per cent of national cane production.
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