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JSIF helping to boost bee farming in western Jamaica


Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, says that the fund has made a considerable community development impact in western Jamaica with the opening of the Hanover Bee Farmers’ Cooperative Society’s Honey Extraction and Bottling Facility.

According to Sweeney, the project is quite timely, and is in keeping with the JSIF’s slogan — “Investing for Community Development”.

“The impact of this kind of investment is far-reaching, as this initiative will significantly enhance the livelihood of the bee farmers within the various rural communities,” he added.

He was speaking at the recent handing-over ceremony for the new facility at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) parish office in Lucea, Hanover.

He said that the direct beneficiaries will include 36 bee farmers who are registered members of the Hanover Bee Farmers’ Cooperative Society, and 190 more bee farmers from adjoining parishes — St James, Trelawny and Westmoreland.

He also noted that a series of comprehensive agro-processing training sessions have been conducted with community groups – including food safety, sanitation standard operating procedures (SSOP) and equipment maintenance.

Published in the Jamaica Observer
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