Agriculture bulldozer available for land clearing

Samuel Zelaya, a heavy equipment operator from the Department of Agriculture, clears a field in Newlands.

A land-clearing bulldozer service offered by the Department of Agriculture that was suspended last year when the bulldozer operator retired is now running again.

The service, which had been offered by government for more than 20 years, is again under way after a new operator was hired, the department said in a press release this week.

The land clearing and preparation is available to all registered farmers or organizations involved in agriculture, the department announced.

The service, available on a first-come, first-served basis, will clear away bush and other vegetation, and “rip” and prepare up to 10 acres for each applicant in all districts on Grand Cayman.

Applicants must have a valid commercial farmer’s ID, or proof of provisional registration. A minimal fee to cover the costs of fuel and transporting the bulldozer is also required, according to the department.

All land cleared under this service must be used for agricultural production within three months of clearance, and kept in agricultural production for a minimum of five years. The Department of Agriculture will inspect and monitor all land cleared under the program.

Failure to comply with the contract’s terms, without valid reason, will result in the farmer having to reimburse government for the full commercial cost of the service, according to the Department of Agriculture.

For more information, visit the Agronomy section of the DoA website.