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RADA Welcomes Technical Team from Antigua & Barbuda

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.
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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 team also gained useful knowledge and appreciation of Jamaica's official registration system for farmers, that is, the RADA's Agri-Business Information System (ABIS).

The Commonwealth of Learning must be recognized and congratulated for the invaluable support given in making this cross-learning visit a reality. The RADA and COL have a longstanding partnership since 2009 in implementing the Life Long Learning for Farmers (L3F) Initiative in Jamaica.

The overall objective of this initiative is to improve the livelihood security of farmers through knowledge empowerment. This programme has increased in depth, reach and socio-economic benefits, as an estimated 5,000 farmers has since been engaged in mobile phone based learning over the last 10 years.

RADA's capacity has also been strengthened through this collaborative partnership and continued support from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), towards improvedaccess quality education and training. This has been quite evident through the adoption of modern extension advisory services and the use of ICTs to enhance production and productivity within the agricultural sector.

COL is keen on empowering people through learning that leads to economic growth, social inclusion and environmental conservation. Itis important therefore, to note that COL now views RADA as a resource agency for new COL partners within the Region, such as the team that visited from Antigua & Barbuda.

Agri-Linkage Exchange (ALEX)

The Tourism Agri-linkages Project is funded and supported by Tourism Linkages Network,              of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Ministry of Tourism and supported by the Marketing Unit of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority RADA.

The RADA Agricultural Extension Officers also play a critical part in this initiative as they research and recommend farmers that have the capacity to grow good quality produce on a consistent basis and demonstrate capacity to deliver. The Centre is staffed by a Coordinator and four Agri-Brokers with Information Technology & Communications support.

The goal of this TEF funded project is to increase and deepen the linkages between the local agricultural sector and the Hotel and Tourism sector. This is currently established through operating an agriculture fresh produce internet based market linkages platform and commodities exchange through the website, www.agrilinkages.com.

By increasing the number of farmers that have continuous trade relationships within the Hotel and Tourism sector, it is aimed that the importation of large quantities of fresh produce will be drastically reduced, and ultimately we will be able to produce based on the demands of the Hotel and Tourism sector throughout the year.

The project so far has seen much interest from Hotel sector specifically in non-traditional items such as herbs, fruits, exotics and more. Demand for these produce has been very good but due to the recent dry period supply has been low.

Farmers are very excited about the project and have been benefitting from the work of the Centre with some currently delivering, negotiating delivery contracts, accessing loans for expansion and increasing the number of persons they currently market.

With this initiative, farmers are able to call or email to state the produce that are available or produce that will become available in the next 3-4 months. The Agri-Linkage Center then markets to the primary sector, the Hotel and Tourism Sector and also provides support to other key agricultural stakeholders to include our Exporters, Restaurants and Agro-processors to meet their needs.

The Centre is located at 197 Old Hope Road at the RADA St. Andrew Parish Office. For information and interaction with Agri-Brokers you may contact us at 876- 970-1451, 876- 970-0287, 876-970-0838. The Office is open Monday-Thursday 8:30-5:00pm, Friday 8:30-4:00pm

Invitation to Tender

INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB)

 

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) now invites sealed Bids from qualified Contractors to undertake the rehabilitation of farm roads in various parishes for this financial year and consist of four (4) packages.

   Package 1, Geddes Town to Fontabelle, Charlott to 4H, Camberwell to Georges (St. Mary)

   Package 2, Bernard Lodge, Ivy to Ebony Vale, Cocoa Walk and Corners to Friendship (St. Catherine)

   Package 3, Greenvalley to Prospect, Shrewsbury to Green Valley, Lacovia to Slip and Ridge to Top Hill       (St. Elizabeth)

Package 4, Mount Zion to Lillyfield, Flamstead to Queenshythe, Clarksonville to Campbell Land and   Budhole Road (St. Ann)

SCOPE OF WORK: The Contractor will be required to undertake the rehabilitation of road pavements inclusive of asphaltic double surface treatment, drainage improvement (culverts, kerb and channel) and some asphaltic concrete cross drains and surfacing and brushing of road ways.

ELIGIBILITY FOR TENDER:

Local Competitive Bidding (LCB) Procurement Method will be used and tenderers must submit the following along with their bid:

Completed and signed Form of Bid (in the prescribed format).

A valid National Contracts Commission (NCC) in the category of General Road Works – Grade 1-2 (See http://www.ocg.gov.jm/ocg/),

  • A valid Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC)
  • Bid Security of $91,800.00

Additional requirements are outlined in the Bidding Documents


COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTS:
Tender documents are available at a non-refundable cost of $3,500.00 and maybe collected on weekdays starting Tuesday October 9, 2018 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from the Accounts Department, RADA, 193 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6.


Failure to directly purchase Bid Document from RADA will result in the ineligibility/non-responsiveness of the bidder from participating in the procurement process.

DATE AND TIME FOR RETURN OF TENDERS:
Bids must be clearly marked “Farm Road Rehabilitation” and shall be deposited in the tender box located in Room 30, RADA Head Office Conference Room, Hope Gardens, Kingston 6 on or before Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 10:00 am. Late bids will be rejected.

Public Opening of tenders will follow at 10:15a.m. in Room 30, RADA Head Office Conference Room, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

For the collection of tender documents & further information please contact:

Mr. Sumnah Baker or Mr. Lennoy Prendergast

Rural Agricultural Development Authority

Hope Gardens, Old Hope Road, Kingston 6

Tel.: 876-977-1158-62 extn. 231/233, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The RADA reserves the right to accept or reject any tenders or to cancel the tender process without any explanation to prospective bidders.

Beet Army Worm Rally

On 31 May 2018, at the RADA St. Elizabeth Agrifest, held at the Social Development Complex, Santa Cruz a team of plant doctors from RADA, Plant Quarantine Inspection and Research & Development Division, MICAF, conducted a Beet armyworm Rally at the St. Elizabeth Parish Office Open Day.

The joint technical team prepared and successfully staged the public awareness campaign for the effective management of the Beet Armyworm.

The Rally is considered a new approach for Jamaica’s plant health system and compliments other extension approaches used for transferring knowledge and skills to farmers and other stakeholders.

This high-intensity training consisted of four individual modules, where participants were exposed to 15-20  minutes duration sessions on key areas for management of the Beet Armyworm: (1) Pest Life Cycle;  (2) Field Inspection for Assessing Beet Armyworm; (3) Construction and Use of Pheromone Traps and (4) Pest Forecasting.

Sessions included:  practical demonstrations and interactive communication with participant and feedback questions. Comments and opinions received from stakeholders were all positive and encouraging.

This pilot project was implemented in collaboration with Plantwise, Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International (CABI), UK. From 2014, The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and RADA.

The implementation of the Plantwise Programme aims at enhancing extension delivery and plant health in Jamaica, through training of plant doctors, implementation of plant doctor clinics (fixed and E-clinics), building Knowledge Bank and public awareness, including plant health rallies.  

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