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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.

 

06 September
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RADA hosting the 10th Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services Annual Meeting

Posted by:RADAAdmin in Climate

The 10th GFRAS Annual Meeting will take place at Royalton Negril, Jamaica between September 30th and October 4, 2019. The meeting is co-organized by the Caribbean Agricultural Extension Providers’ Network (CAEPNet); and Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries (MICAF), and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).  The theme of focus for discussion at the Annual Meeting is the “Role of Rural Agricultural Services in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management.”

22 August
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Farmers devastated by fire in Flagaman St. Elizabeth

Posted by:RADAAdmin in Climate

Over 45 Farmers  were devastated by fire which destroyed their farms in Flagaman, St. Elizabeth on August 16, 2019. Preliminary estimates from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) indicates that 200 acres of farm lands valued at $45M have been lost due to the fire that decimated crops to include watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, onion, scallion tomatoes and others. Irrigation systems such as drip hose, black tanks, 45 gallon drums and 50 acres of guinea grass which is essential for mulching were also burnt out during the fire.