Gov’t promises 900 jobs after sugar estate closes
A2,400-acre farm which is to be established at Holland Estate in St. Elizabeth is set to provide employment for more than 900 persons. JC Hutchinson, minister without portfolio in the agriculture ministry, said the majority of those who will be selected to work on the property will be females.
“We are going to be looking at having over 900 people to work on the farm. I am just saying most are going to be women. [However], any male, any female that is interested, I am sending it out from now, get yourselves in a formal farming organisation so that you can find work down at Holland when the time comes,” Hutchinson said.
He reiterated that preparation of lands for farming at Holland Estate will start in June/July of 2019, after the final cane crop is reaped by J Wray and Nephew’s Appleton Estate.
Hutchinson is urging small farmers in St Elizabeth to apply to take up lands at the Holland Estate.
He said the lands will be leased to mostly small farmers, with no one person being able to secure more than 25 acres of land.
“There are many persons who want to go into agriculture, but do not have lands. Many may have a square or an acre but want more land. Holland Estate is closing and there are a number of proposals that have come in,” Hutchinson said.