Flagaman Farmers Plead with Authorities for Water


Farmers in Flagaman, St. Elizabeth are pleading with the authorities to provide access to water.

The farmers made the plea during Nationwide’s ‘In the Court Yard’ series on Wednesday.

One resident of Flagaman– Vivene Ebanks– says the area is “dying”.

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She says a feasibility study of the water challenges in the area was conducted some 15 years ago. But, Ms. Ebanks says the community is yet to receive the commodity.

And, President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, JAS, Norman Grant, is also pleading for water on behalf of other farmers.

He’s giving successive governments a failing grade for their efforts to provide water to the agricultural community.

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They were speaking at Nationwide’s ‘In the Court Yard’ series on Wednesday.


Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.