October 1, 2015, was a significant milestone in the history of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Trelawny and the farmers of the Parish who will benefit from the services to be offered at the new and improved RADA Trelawny Parish Office facility at Hague.
Constructed at a cost of approximately $80m, the Office complex boasts a 565 square metres, two storey building, which hosts offices of affiliated agencies to include:the Jamaica Agricultural Society, the Jamaica 4-H Clubs and the National Lands Agency.
Although the Project was conceived from the 70’s under the Ministry of Agriculture, (Production Extension Services), it was not until 2002 under the directorship of the then Executive Director Mr. Albert Shand that the structural designs were undertaken for the original site at the Falmouth Waterfront.
Nevertheless setbacks to include: high water table and possible expansion of the Falmouth Pier has led to exploring other suitable locations to commence construction.
Ground was broken by the late Honorable Minister, Mr. Roger Clarke, then Minister of Agriculture on July 18th, 2013. Thankfully after relocation and temporarily stationing at Duncans, RADA Trelawny now has a Parish office that can serve it’s over 8400 farmers by providing training and relevant knowledge transfer in a suitably comfortable environment.
Speaking at the Office Opening, Hon. Derrick Kellier, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries encouraged the RADA Trelawny Staff “to use the additional resources provided to propel you to achieve greater levels of production and productivity so that come 2015 your parish will move from being number three in domestic crop production island-wide to being number one”.