A grant in excess of $673,000 has been approved for commencement of projects under the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) Program and feeder roads will be given attention and rehabilitated.
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit revealed that information in parliament on Thursday while seeking approval for supplementary estimates for expenditure during the period 1st January 2014 to 30 June 2014.
He said all feeder roads selected by the government for rehabilitation during the project have been surveyed.
“All the feeder roads selected and prioritized by the ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for rehabilitation under the BAM have been surveyed and estimations for the rehabilitation works has been prepared through the engagement of private consultants as well as staff from the Ministry of Public Works and lands and survey division,” he said.
He noted further that, companies both local and regional have been invited to tender for the validation and supervision of works to be undertaken in two phases.
“This will include verification of the selected roads and verification approval of engineering drawings and pre-construction costs estimates,” he explained.
The indicative timetable for the project, as outlined by the prime minister, is below:
-Deadline for submission of tenders for supervision: September 12, 2014
-Start of supervision contract: October 1, 2014
-Deadline of publication of tender for the works: November 30, 2014
-Deadline for submission of tenders for works: December 31, 2014
-Tender evaluation and award of contract: January 2015
-Commencement of work: February 2015
According to Prime Minister Skerrit, grant financing of $255,000 under the BAM was also approved, “for citrus certification for the construction of composting base at the Botanical Gardens and purchase of equipment.”
Meanwhile he said, the fight against the Black Sigatoka disease continues.
“In an effort to curb and manage the disease approval was given for an additional $49,996.36 to be used for the procurement of chemicals,” he said.
BAM is funded by the European Union.