Friday, 9 May 2008 12:49 PM

SBD$50 Million Earmarked for Rural Development

At least SBD$50 Million dollars is now available for projects focused on rural development. The government is proposing to give projects a minimum of SBD$50-thousand dollars depending very much on the nature of the projects.

The Minister for Rural Development, Fred Fono, stated that the project is funded by the government with each constituency allocated SBD$1 million dollars.

He says over the years, government has placed a lot of emphasis on small micro projects which were not successful.

He says the Rural Livelihood project is for government to support bigger projects in the rural areas which will impact on rural livelihood.

Mr Fono says communities will need to identify priority projects with the help of their member of parliament who is required to endorse the project application.

He however says once approved, funds will be paid directly to the supplier and members of parliament are expected to help meet the cost of shipping and freight.

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