April is celebrated as Farmers' Month. It is a time wherein stakeholders in the agricultural sector salute and place significant spotlight on farmers and their contribution to national development.This year the Rural Agricultural Development Authority in collaboration with the Jamaica Agricultural Society and Newport Fersan will host a series of activities in honour of our farmers.These include:Church ServiceThe first official activity will be a Church Service to be held on...Read more
The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) hosted a cross-learning tour to facilitate a team of Agricultural Extension Officers and Farmers from Antigua & Barbuda during the period of February 5-8, 2019.During this knowledge sharing visit, the Caribbean neighbours gained insights into several farm operations through field tours. They recognized the close relationship between Agricultural Extension Officers and Farmers in Jamaica and the importance of technical advice given. The...Read more
The Rural Agricultural Development Authority sees the necessity in notifying farmers and the general public of the proper uses of pesticides. See below useful information that can greatly assist in the employment of good agricultural practices and pesticides management. Understanding the Pesticide Label The use of pesticides has become an indispensable factor of agricultural production. Nearly all pesticides are toxic and can be potentially dangerous to humans if exposure…
Post Harvest Management for Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Root Crops – A Guide for Farmers
Livestock: After a hurricane or flood, the farm should be returned to production as soon as possible.
How to Plant for Disasters Here are some suggestions for planting: On slopes, establish crop rows and artificial or vegetative barriers across contours including appropriate, deep-rooting trees.
Avoid: Planting trees in areas prone to flooding Avoid planting trees on very steep slopes ( greater than 35 degrees) Avoid soil contaminated by toxic water and in which similar type crops were affected by soil borne disease
Grades and standards for fresh agricultural produce are considered one of the main tools for the marketing of commodities in the local and international markets due to the worldwide commercialization of agricultural produce.
THE TYPE of packaging used can account for 15 to 20 per cent of post-harvest loss in fresh produce.
Grades and standards for fresh agricultural produce are considered among the main tools for the marketing of commodities in the local and international markets due to worldwide commercialisation of agricultural produce.
The Danger Every year, many areas of Jamaica experience drought conditions. These sometimes last for long periods, causing large areas of vegetation to become very dry.
INTEGRATED PEST management (IPM) is a safer approach to pest control.
The following tips were provided by the Public Relations and Communications Department of the Rural Agriculture Development Authority. www.rada.gov.jm.
Ginger rhizome rot is considered one of the major limiting actors of ginger production in Jamaica.
The number one rule is sanitation. All utensils used in milking must be clean.
This method is easier to carry out and the tags are easy to read. However, this method is not permanent as a tag can be accidentally ripped from ear or break.
THE BROODING period is one of the most important phases during the life of your chicken and, if done incorrectly, may result in financial losses to the farmer.