Government Spends $250M To Alleviate Drought Conditions


Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, says climate change is affecting the western city.

He was addressing stakeholders at the World Town Planning Day 2018 Conference,

in Montego Bay, St. James on Thursday, November 8.

 

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, says the Administration has spent over $250 million to alleviate drought conditions across the island.

Mr. McKenzie was speaking at the World Town Planning Day 2018 Conference, held at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa in St. James on Thursday, November 8. Mr. McKenzie said the Government is aware that climate change is affecting the weather pattern in various parishes and is doing all that is possible to provide help for those affected.

Earlier this year, especially between June and September, several parishes faced drought with farmers suffering from reduced yields and withering crops.

“Prolonged drought in areas such as St. Elizabeth, Manchester, Portland, Clarendon and sections of St. Mary have seen conditions that they have not experienced in many years. This has forced the Administration to respond in whatever way we can,” the Minister added.

For his part, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, said climate change has been negatively impacting the western city, and solutions must be found to combat this environmental issue.

“As a coastal township, Montego Bay continues to be impacted by this phenomenon (climate change) and the time is right for us all to take a long and hard look at the challenges and find workable solutions in the very near future,” Mayor Davis said.

The conference was held to commemorate World Town Planning Day, which highlights the accomplishments of planners and contributions they have made to their communities.

 

Franklin McKnight

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