Gov’t promises 900 jobs af­ter sugar es­tate closes

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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