Minister, Audley Shaw, says hundreds of small farmers in Clarendon and St. Catherine are to benefit from the build-out of irrigation infrastructure under the Essex Valley Agriculture Project.

He noted that the project includes the development of a climate-resilient, off-farm irrigation system consisting of six irrigation wells, four of which have already been drilled.

Mr. Shaw, who was addressing the recently concluded Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in May Pen, said that the initiative is aimed at counteracting the impact of drought associated with climate change.

“We have the ambition that between 50,000 and 100,000 small farmers must get access to drip irrigation systems in this country,” he noted.