$11 Billion Lakes Pen Agri Project Will Boost Local Economy – Vaz

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Investment Minister, Daryl Vaz, says the $11-billion dollar agricultural project in Lakes Pen, St. Catherine which was announced yesterday augurs well for the country’s economic prospects.

He also says the multi-billion dollar venture packs the potential of boosting the fortunes of farmers in St. Catherine – including those in the Bernard Lodge area.

The project is expected to provide more than 1-thousand direct jobs by mid next year.

Projections show that the initiative which is being led by prominent businessman, Gassan Azan, could significantly reduce Jamaica’s import bill.

Minister Vaz says the project opens up several significant possibilities.

Minister Vaz says the project shows that people who’ve argued that the Government is damaging the agriculture sector due to its pursuit of the Bernard Lodge master plan, are being mischievous.

The Investment Minister says the project is also likely to help address issues which have contributed to low production in the Bernard Lodge area.

In the meantime, Minister Vaz says the Government has issued a directive that no farmer should be dislodged during the implementation of the Bernard Lodge Master Plan.

The Investment Minister says despite propaganda in the public domain the Bernard Lodge project will be a win-win for all stakeholders.

Daryl Vaz, Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Investment, speaking recently with Nationwide News.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.


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