Work to start on An­notto Bay agro eco­nomic zone

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

MIN­IS­TER WITH­OUT Port­fo­lio in the Min­istry of In­dus­try, Com­merce, Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries, J.C. Hutchin­son, has said work is to get un­der way in early 2017 on the con­struc­tion of an agro-eco­nomic zone in An­notto Bay, St Mary.

He said the fa­cil­ity, among oth­ers to be es­tab­lished across the is­land, will pro­vide a guar­an­teed mar­ket for agri­cul­tural pro­duce.

“We are look­ing at putting a struc­ture in place where we have a com­plex ... where we have grad­ing, pack­ag­ing, pro­cess­ing, dry­ing fa­cil­i­ties, abat­toir, and cold stor­age – ev­ery­thing run by so­lar en­ergy – so that when you have pro­duce to sell, you have a mar­ket,” he said.

Hutchin­son was ad­dress­ing a meet­ing of the Seville Benev­o­lent So­ci­ety Pro­duc­tion and Mar­ket­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion last Fri­day at the Fan­tasy Beach in Pri­ory, St Ann.

He said an­other com­po­nent of the agro-eco­nomic zone is that waste left over from pro­cess­ing will be con­verted into fer­tiliser or an­i­mal feed, which will be sold back to the farm­ers at a sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced cost.

HUTCHIN­SON

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