Locally funded projects receive funding from three (3) major sources: RADA’s Capital Budget, Members of Parliament and partnerships. Projects funded through the Capital Budget
National Schools Garden/ Schools in Agriculture Programme:-
This programme was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. It is designed to promote agriculture in schools and among youth as a viable career opportunity. Sponsorship for the establishment and operation of school gardens is received from Members of Parliament and corporate entities such as Inter American Institute for Corporation and Agriculture (IICA) and the Caribbean Cement Company.
Domestic Food Crop Production and Marketing Project:-
This project was developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and is operated by RADA with the objective of increasing production and productivity of selected crops for both local and export markets. Inputs in the form of seeds, fertilizer, irrigation equipment, technical advice and marketing are also provided.
Fruit Tree Crop Project:-
Developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and operated by RADA with the objective of producing some non- traditional orchard crops such as ackee, sour sop, naseberry, breadfruit and cashew to satisfy the fresh and agro processing demand of local and export markets. Assistance is provided for the establishment and maintenance of these orchards. The project has seen the establishment of 1043 hectares of orchard crops island wide.
This programme is committed to the containment/suppression of the wide range of pests and diseases which adversely affect plant health and ultimately, agricultural output. Through collaborative efforts with other agencies the Authority has been able to develop approaches for the management of a range of diseases including: the White Fly Gemini Virus (vegetables), Mealy Bug (Papaya and Hibiscus), Black Sigatoka (plantain/banana), Hot Pepper Gall Midge and Ensign Scale (fruit trees and ornamentals).
Provides farmers with access to on-farm irrigation water through the establishment of small irrigation systems, with funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O) and other agencies. Technical advice on installation and operation of units is also provided to farmers who can afford the systems.
Marketing Extension and Post Harvest :-
This programme provides a link between producers and the market, throuh market intelligence and information. It provides training in post-harvest techniques and management.
Local Development Projects (LDPs)
Social & Economic Support Programmes (SESP)
Production Incentive Programmes
These are government enabling programmes, which are operated by RADA on behalf of Members of Parliament (MPs), to improve the operational efficiency and income-generating capabilities of farmers. Assistance is also given in the form of inputs (seeds, fetilizer, small livestock, tools and irrigation equipment).
Social Services/Home Economics:-
These projects target and empower women and youths operating within groups to develop their creaive abilities and to address issues relating to family welfare and community development. It is also involved in the development and operation of several agro-processing and other related community-opeated projects to which it gives oversigt. These include Reaches Chips (Portland), Flower Hill Bammy (St. James), and the Lime Tree Garden Peanut Project (St. Ann).
The programme also affords linkages between farmers and RADA's Twickenham Industries where raw materials (cassava, otaheiti apple, guava and mango) are supplied by farmers (men and women) for the production of cassava products and syrups.
Land Husbandry Implements selected projects which impact positively on the farming and biological environment (watershed development and hillside agriculture), in order to stem environmental degradation, and promote the sustainable use of natural resources. The programme facilitates sustainable agricultural production in watershed areas where agronomic and other farming related activities often lead to accelerated soil erosion, flooding, damage to and loss of crops, livestock and infrastructure. Farmers receive advice and training in land husbandry practices, which ultimately lead to environmental preservation.
Livestock Provides technical advice on livestock development and management through collaboration with allied agencies, such as the Livestock Association of Jamaica. RADA assists farmers in development and implementation of poultry and goat production projects. Inputs are provided in the form of feed, broiler chicks, ewes and bucks, and guidance is given to guarantee or enable sustainable production in these enterprises.
Projects through Partnerships The strong inter-agency collaboration between RADA and other agencies result in projects being funded by our partners and operated by RADA. One main sponsor is:
Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI)
assistance to farmers through the funding of production inputs (seeds, fertilizers, livestock, equipment) and training in bauxite/aluminia p ro ducing areas.
Since September 10, 2008, the Ministry of Agriculture, through RADA has partnered with the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) to re-launch the Farmer Registration programme. This partnership means that a farmer can now be registered at any RADA or EOJ office islandwide.
The registration process involves; interviewing the farmer to record pertinent personal, profile, property and enterprise (crop/livestock) data on a Farmer registration form. Upon completion the form is dated and signed by both farmer and interviewer. This data is then entered into the Agricultural Business Information System (ABIS), database, which is an online web based system.
This information is now made available to a RADA extension officer responsible for that area in which the farmer’s property is located. The Extension Officer will then schedule a field visit with the farmer to verify the information provided. Each verified farmer will be provided with a Farmer Registration Identification card issued through the Parish Office in which he/she is located.
Other partners include: National Irrigation Commission (NIC), Sandals 16 People, Land & Opportunity and other hotels, Pesticide Control Authority (PCA), Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), Agricultural Support Services Project (ASSP) MOA & Lands, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).