PHOTO: At the Project Signing Agro Irrigation Project for the St. Peters Vegetable and Coffee Group on Friday, May 15, 2020 at the RADA St. Andrew Parish Office, 197 Hope Road, Kingston from left Mark Harvey, Assistant Agricultural Extension Officer RADA St. Andrew, Mervin Green, RADA Zonal Director (East), Miguel Williams, Project Manager Digicel, Garfield Williams, President St. Peters Vegetable and Coffee Group and Denise Mitchell, Treasurer St. Peters Vegetable and Coffee Group.
Digicel Foundation has once again stepped up its support to farmers with the co-sponsorship of an Agro-Irrigation Project for the St. Peters Vegetable and Coffee Group.
This robust farming group made up of 37 farmers in the cool hills of East Rural St. Andrew have been working together for over three years to share resources and produce bananas, plantains, irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, parsley, kale and broccoli.
The funding from Digicel Foundation valued at over $3M will directly assist in the purchasing of irrigation equipment for the farmers group. This will allow for a significant boost in productivity and the establishment of demonstration plots within the surrounding communities.
RADA has assisted the farmers group with group dynamics, project proposal writing and technical training.
The Digicel Foundation must be acknowledged for recognizing the need to invest in agricultural projects, collaborating with agricultural entities to include RADA and directly supporting the farmers of Jamaica.