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July 21, 2014
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St Thomas farmers benefit from RADA educational programmes
Jolyn Bryan, Star Writer

Farmers across St Thomas have benefitted from several educational programmes implemented by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and various agencies in July, aimed at introducing and promoting best practices in agriculture in the parish.

One hundred and twenty farmers from the farming communities of Lloyds, Aelous Valley, Dalvey, Bath and Port Morant participated in the Health Age funded Farmer Field School Methodology training programme.

Facilitators on demonstration plots in the participating communities assist farmers with growing crops such as red peas, sweet potatoes, cabbage and calaloo, using efficient and environmentally safe practices that will lead to greater yields.

meteorological data

Similarly, 30 farmers from six farming extensions participated in an Agro Meteorology Forum sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture with assistance from RADA and ACDI Voca. The forum, held at the Anglican Church Hall in Morant Bay, saw farmers being instructed in the use of meteorological data, such as reading rain gauges to assist in their farming.

The farmers were also provided with a number to a helpline where they can text to receive information regarding weather forecasts and plant viability in various climates and months of the year.

Several farmers considered the programmes a blessing, as they are faced with increasing difficulties from the continued drought, plant diseases and praedial larceny.

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