The traditionally drought ravaged Southern St. Elizabeth, the Bread Basket of of Jamaica, is set to get more money to improve the water supply in the area. The commitment was given by Minister of Agriculture Karl Samuda at a ceremony held at an Agriculture Research Facility in Hounslow on Friday.
He said it is clear to him that Agriculture will continue to be challenged without an adequate supply of water, and that Agriculture cannot come to anything without water. Declaring that he wants to be the Agriculture Minister of water, he told the Permanent Secretary Mr. Stanberry that was in attendance, that a special allocation will be made in the Ministry`s budget, and the funds will be available, to spend on ways to serve the areas that do not have any water at this time, with the precious commodity. He said that the money will be spent on the delivery of water on a regular basis and the provision of Tanks.
He said he wants to eliminate the notion that Agriculture can only be good while rain is falling and bad at times of drought. He said that the returns will be great if Farmers dont have to worry when the drought sets in. He further went on to state that if Agriculture is going to be the Cornerstone of our development, then water must be available all year round, so that crops can be maintained on a regular basis.