Farmers urged to sign up with RADA
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, has re-emphasised the need for farmers to officially register with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in order to benefit from State programmes.
Addressing farmers at a National Irish Potato Stakeholders' Seminar in Claremont, St Ann, last Wednesday Hutchinson said agriculture is a major player in the nation's growth strategies, and that registering was a key way in which farmers could be connected with agricultural extension services and resources.
"The first thing that we need to do is to make sure that all of us are registered with RADA. Those of you who are going to be planting Irish potato or onions or any other crop, if you really want any assistance, you have to be registered with RADA as a genuine farmer," he said.
He also encouraged the farmers to get organised and become a part of or form their own farmers' groups, as these are the preferred routes through which RADA channels State benefits. This, he said, ensures that resources reach persons who are genuinely practising agriculture.