The Government will be implementing a 30-million dollar drought mitigation project for farmers across the island next week, with the input of various agencies and stakeholders.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry, says the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, RADA is currently listing the needs of the parishes.

This, is being done in collaboration with the Jamaica Agricultural Society, JAS, farmers and political representatives.

Mr. Stanberry made the disclosure yesterday as he addressed 119th Annual General Meeting of the JAS, held at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon.

The Permanent Secretary pointed out that the irrigation schemes which the Government has implemented across the island at a cost of 4-billion dollars, have lessened the effects of the drought.

Mr. Stanberry added that the Government is investing in rainwater harvesting systems, and looking to build micro dams through its climate change programme.

On the matter of the national animal identification and traceability system, where some 700-thousand cattle will be tagged, the Permanent Secretary said the project is on track, and the tags will be in the island within two weeks.