RADA holds workshop for farmers
The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) hosted the first in a series of workshops for farmers on Tuesday, aimed at providing the tools and information for cottage industries to transform agricultural production into formal business ventures.
The initiative brought together farmers from east and west rural St Andrew at the Michael Manley Foundation on Hope Boulevard.
Chairman of the RADA St Andrew Advisory Board, Lloyd Benjamin, said the workshop was done in such a way as to be able to reach a wide cross section of farmers from the hilly areas of St Andrew, allowing them to receive valuable information from experts.
Benjamin urged the farmers to utilise the information provided, as their success is key to the achieving economic growth, food security and lowering the nation's import bill.
Topics highlighted at the workshop included development and planning of business ideas, seeking sources of funding, creating a business plan, and understanding registration requirements.