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26 November
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RADA Supporting the ‘Eat Jamaican’ Campaign 2020

Posted by:RADAAdmin in Climate, Crops, Livestock, News

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) continues to support the Eat Jamaican Month Celebration, on this the 17th anniversary of the event organized by the Jamaica Agricultural Society in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF).                     

The essence of the ‘Eat Jamaican’ Campaign was borne out of the need to encourage consumers to recognize, support and to have a greater appreciation for the range and quality of Jamaica’s Agricultural produce and products.

11 November
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Tips for Protecting Crops from Heavy Rains

Posted by:RADAAdmin in Climate, News

Imagine hitting the ground going 20 miles per hour. Well, according to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach article “Reduce Potential Soil Erosion in the Spring,” this is the speed of a raindrop in a normal rainfall.

  • When the raindrop hits the ground it will splash soil particles from 3 to 5 feet.
    • This action breaks up soil aggregates, clogs soil pores reducing infiltration and increasing runoff of both water and the soil it is carrying.

 

04 November
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HOW TO FAST-TRACK RECOVERY EFFORTS AFTER HEAVY RAINS

Posted by:RADAAdmin in Crops, Livestock, News

Based on preliminary assessment undertaken by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) of the damage to domestic crop and livestock production (October 2020), it was estimated that over 11,000 farmers suffered losses at a value of approximately $1.8B. Below is a list of recommendations to farmers who are able to commence the recovery efforts in the shortest possible time.

24 October
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Ministers’ Listening Tour

Posted by:RADAAdmin in News

The Hon. Floyd Green, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries has hosted a series of meetings with farmers and fisher-folk through an island-wide Listening Tour. This tour commenced on Thursday, October 1, 2020 through to Saturday, October 24, 2020.

With the main purpose to ascertain the concerns, challenges, daily issues and interests of the fisher-folk and farmers, this information was collated to ensure that a plan of action is crafted to assist in directing the priorities and most urgent matters to be dealt with by the Minister.

21 August
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Mount Airy Farmers Group successful during Crisis

Posted by:RADAAdmin in News

During the tumultuous experiences of the COVID -19 pandemic, 46 farmers from the Mount Airy Farmers Group were able to successfully participate in a Climate Resilience Farmer Field School Training Project undertaken by the Nature Conservancy/ Coca Cola in collaboration with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority.

 The project commenced on February 17, 2020 through a sensitization session with farmers followed by a series of practical training exercises. The farmers were engaged and eagerly participated using the FFS methodology of learning without walls.

Care Packages for residents of Caymanas Park

Posted by:RADAAdmin in News

On June 20, 2020, Supreme Ventures Group (SVG) collaborated with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) to distribute care packages with fresh produce to residents the Gregory Park community in the Caymanas Park area. Many of these residents originally maintained their livelihood at the race track that has been closed for the past two months.

This initiative originates from a the COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund organized through the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica which sees corporate entities donating towards COVID-19 relief efforts in challenged communities.

RADA On-Farm Water Management Unit – Quick and Immediate Response

Posted by:RADAAdmin in News

The RADA On-Farm Water Management Unit was dubbed the quick and immediate response team as the Unit took decisive action in providing much needed assistance to farmers of the Red Lands Production and Marketing Organization in Redlands Clarendon.

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, at a brief Handing Over Ceremony The Red Lands PMO received 1000 feet conveyance system and 3 rolls of 50mm (100) polyethylene hose and fittings to assist in repairing sections of the irrigation system that was damaged in a recent bush fire.

19 June
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Shaken Not Broken Farmers Market

Posted by:RADAAdmin in News

On Friday, June 12, 2020, J.Wray and Nephew assisted 286 bartenders who previously worked with the company’s events team but are unemployed based on the shutdown of the entertainment industry. This was done through the hosting of a free drive through/walk through farmer’s market at their Corporate Office at 234 Spanish Town Road.

19 June
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RADA Collaborates with Hi Pro Division in the Grow Strong Initiative

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On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Hi Pro Division of the Jamaica Broilers Group launched the Grow Strong Initiative in which the company will donate a total of 78 tonnes of Hi Pro feeds, seeds, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides  through grow strong farm kits at a total product value of $23.6M.

Hi-Pro will partner with agricultural agencies to include RADA, JAS, the Dairy Board, Jamaica Egg Farmers Association, Jamaica Pig Farmers Association, Small Ruminants Association of Jamaica and 4-H Clubs for the disbursement of the input materials. 

19 June
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Collaborations with H&L Agro & Newport Fersan

Posted by:RADAAdmin in News

H& L Agro and Newport Fersan have donated input materials to assist farmers to boost production during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) will be distributing a portion of these input materials to farmers island-wide.  The distribution process began at a Handing Over Ceremony in Dunkeld, St. Catherine.

Speaking at the Ceremony Hon. J.C. Hutchinson congratulated the input suppliers for stepping up to the cause of assisting our farmers with the much needed boost to produce and produce consistently during this period.

 

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