With a major focus on advancing irrigated agriculture, the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) is operating 10 irrigation schemes that cover 36,066.20 hectares in the eastern, central and western regions of Jamaica.
Having been Battered by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Secretary Manager at the Cocoa Industry Board (CIB), Leroy Grey says the island’s cocoa industry is slowly returning to a path of growth with a 10 percent increase during the 2013-2014 crop year when production moved from 400 metric tonnes in 2013 to 440 metric tonnes in 2014.
The strategic direction of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) for 2015 will be capacity building of its staff and realigning the agency to become more technical in its operations; improve crop and livestock production; and encourage new entrants to the sector, with greater focus on women and youth.
KINGSTON, January 20, 2015- As the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) positions itself to expand the island’s agricultural productive capacity, 26 of its extension officers will be sent for training in greenhouse production techniques beginning in February.
MORANT BAY, Jamaica, Nov 24 2014 (IPS) - As Jamaica struggles under the burden of an ongoing drought, experts say ensuring food security for the most vulnerable groups in society is becoming one of the leading challenges posed by climate change.