The RADA Parish Open Day had its humble beginnings in the hosting of the event at its Parish Office in Morant Bay, June 1998.
Over the years the Parish Open Day has grown to become a local staple highlighting the achievements of farmers and providing the opportunity for knowledge transfer and direct stakeholder interactions.
The 21st Annual Open Day was held on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the Rudolf Elder Park Morant Bay amongst a bevy of agricultural stakeholders focusing on the theme Climate-Smart Agriculture; Preserving the Environment, Securing our Future and feeding our Nation”.
During the Open Day there was a seed fair organized by RADA, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA). The seed fair allowed for input suppliers to provide relevant information to farmers on the varieties, types of seeds and planting materials that are available as it relates to drought and disease tolerant seeds.
During the Official Ceremony Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, Minister Without Portfolio, MICAF congratulated the over 15,000 registered farmers of St. Thomas for their tenacity and contribution towards production.
Commendations were also given to farmers in the parish who played a significant role in the first shipment of 12,000 pounds of mangoes to the United States from Jamaica on June 13. Presently, mangoes will be taken from the areas of Heart Ease, Albion and Woodburn, which were identified as low pest prevalence areas.
Mr. Hutchinson stated that the team from MICAF will be working hard to have the entire mango-growing areas of St Thomas registered for export in the next mango season, along with all the other qualified mango-growing parishes in Jamaica to include Clarendon and St Catherine, just to name a few.
During the St. Thomas Open Day patrons were entertained through coconut husking competition, Jamaica Moves and a local concert.