Met Service’s Bush Fire Mgm’t Project to Reduce Farmers’ Losses


The Meteorological Service says its bush fire management project is designed to reduce the severe losses experienced by farmers each year.

The Met Service launched the comprehensive bush fire warning index for effective bush fire management project, last week.

Candace Charlton is the Project Assistant.

According to media reports, there have been over three thousand bush fires reported across the island, so far this year.

As the drought conditions persist, it’s feared that number could increase.

Ms. Charlton says several farmlands are affected by bush fires, yearly, resulting in losses of crops and animals.

She says, the Jamaica Fire Brigade recently had to respond to a bush fire near the State-owned oil refinery, Petrojam.

Ms. Charlton says the project will also help the Met Service’s partner agency the Jamaica Fire Brigade, better respond to bush fires.

Candace Charlton, Project Assistant for the Meteorological Services’ Bush Fire Management Project.

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.

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