Harris made those statements during an Agriculture tour on Tuesday where he commended Conrad Kelly who heads the Agriculture Resource Management Project and also the Sugar Industry Diversity Foundation that donated to the project.
The project he said was responsible for the drilling of wells by the Water Department, the establishment of water catchments and the construction of water dams at Whites-Cayon, Upper Mansion, Estridge and Farms which dealt with the water shortage problems.
He added that some feeder roads towards farms were recently repaired which would minimize wear and tear on the vehicles of farmers, and allows customers to reach the farms should they so desire.
Good roads also reduce post-harvest losses. They also are critical if we are to improve the quality of our agriculture tours and forest tours.
Application of technology to agriculture is being addressed in part by the construction of green houses and shade houses in operation or under construction in Phillips and another in Tabernacle.
The project also has addressed the problems of climate change and environmental variability with the construction of gabion structures at appropriate locations.
“We are hoping that when the project life ends, that there will be some sustainable mechanism for financing ongoing work of this type which we are now executing,” Harris said.