Gustav Rehabilitation Project

Programme Title:

Improving Jamaica’s Agricultural Productivity Project (IJAPP)

Components:

Fisheries

Location:

Island wide

Executing Agency:

Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries

Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA)

Implementing Agencies:

Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA)

Project Duration:

2008 – 2010

Project Cost:

J$ 271 million

Funding Agencies:

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Government of Jamaica (GoJ)

 Problems Addressed:

After the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav on August 28, 2008, essential services and infrastructure suffered major damages. The local agricultural sector incurred losses valuing J$1.6 billion, particularly in the parishes of St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary, and St. Andrew. The project has been implemented to reinstate disrupted transportation routes and provide capital required to resume economic of crop planting.

Project Objectives:

Rehabilitate the agricultural sector in the areas which suffered massive damages and losses as a consequence of Hurricane Gustav.

Main Activities:

• Road Rehabilitation

• Production and Productivity Recovery

• Improving Crop Production, Processing and Marketing

• Rehabilitation of Coffee Industries

 

Achievements:

2009

  • Land rehabilitation and replanting of 18 acres of onions; 25 acres of carrots; 15 acres of red peas; 90 acres of sweet potatoes; 10 acres of dasheen; 24 acres of hot peppers; and 19 acres of Irish potatoes.