Addressing farmers in Southfield, St. Elizabeth, recently, Mr. Fulton explained that the project forms part of RADA’s efforts to ease the woes faced by farmers during the annual dry periods.
Mr. Fulton said RADA is proposing that the farmers harvest water by establishing ponds on their farms, a project which has already been piloted among 23 green house farmers in the last year and a half.
He pointed out that the ponds will ensure that in the most severe drought, water will be available for at least up to 100 days.
The CEO said the nation’s 230,000 farmers have been affected by drought annually, and harvesting water through the construction of ponds could be a long term solution.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fulton is urging farmers and Extension Officers attached to RADA to begin using modern technology to improve the level of communication between them.
He said that the 200 RADA Extension Officers will not be able to reach all farmers on a consistent basis, and the use of smart phones, internet and other social media platforms will ensure that information is passed on at a faster pace.
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