Government to repair 13 more feeder roads

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first_imgLocalNews Government to repair 13 more feeder roads by: – October 31, 2013 Share Share Photo credit: Salisbury farmerOver fourteen million Eastern Caribbean dollars (EC$14M) could be spent on a major feeder road rehabilitation programme during the 2013/2014 financial year.Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmore in a statement issued today, Thursday 31st October, in response to a protest for better feeder roads by some Salisbury farmers in Roseau on Wednesday, said that the improvement of sixteen (16) farm access and feeder roads were made in the last financial year.This was done under the Farm Access/ Feeder Road Phase One project to the tune of $2.2 million dollars. He disclosed that by the year 2020, Dominica’s feeder road network is expected to be in good condition.He said engineering surveys and designs works are currently ongoing on the thirteen (13) targeted feeder roads located within the northern, southern, eastern and western parts of the country, inclusive of Salisbury. “The total length of roadway to be rehabilitated is 74.1 km which represent 22% of the 338.5 km national feeder road network. Interestingly, the longest road within the selected group is the Mero/Cuba-Carholme-Petite Macoucherie-Haut Jean Feeder Road with a distance of 22.5 km long and is located in the Mero-Salisbury heights”. “The Member for the Salisbury Constituency is well knowledgeable of that fact and only just during the last parliamentary session on October 23rd, he and I discussed that matter,” the Minister wrote. Mr Blackmore said the only segment which was not undertaken in the Phase One project “was the $60,047.36 Petite Macoucherie Feeder Road (Salisbury end) contract because the contractor failed to undertake the job”. Photo credit: Salisbury farmerHe did not disclose who that contractor was but wrote that all the other nineteen (19) contracts were successfully implemented.This Phase One project, Mr Blackmore said, resulted in enhancing the safety, comfort and productivity for the farming community within the targeted regions.“In fact, the areas for farm access and feeder road improvements were prioritized based on the level of and potential for crop production, dependence on agriculture as a major livelihood, the potential for poverty reduction, number of farmers served by the roads and their acreages, and the potential for increasing employment”. Mr Blackmore also expressed disgust at the farmers’ decision to transport banana leaves into the City during their protest. There have been mounting calls by the Quarantine Division here for famers to cease the practice of the movement of trash from one place to another, in other to address the spread of the deadly Black Sigatoka disease. “Although we operate within a democracy, those persons, including himself, who engaged in such practice showed total disregard for the quarantine order and the law of the land which seeks to contain and control the spread of the Black Sigatoka disease throughout the country”.He noted however that his government shall remain focused on responsible and sustainable development as they are fully aware of the importance of the agricultural sector to the island and “will be making the biggest investment in feeder roads in the history of Dominica”.Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 69 Views   one commentlast_img

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