RADA proporciona insumos a los agricultores afectados por la tormenta tropical Nicole
Some 121 Farmers from New Market and its environs in St. Elizabeth who were displaced as a result of floodwaters associated with the onslaught of Tropical Storm Nicole in October, yesterday received much needed input supplies to commence production.
The farmers were presented with supplies such as fertilizers; seeds including cabbage, tomato, carrot; and chickens and chicken feed by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). The support is part of measures to rehabilitate farm lands which were once inundated with water and return individuals to their livelihood.
Speaking with farmers yesterday, Chief Executive Officer of RADA, Al Powell pointed out that the distribution of the input supplies is the first phase of the rehabilitation exercise with the second phase of assistance to begin on February 28 with the plowing and harrowing of approximately 20 acres of farm land. The revitalization and rehabilitation process could not have taken place prior to now, as the farmers’ lands were flooded and the water took some time to recede, he said. The lands are now dry and replanting can now take place, the RADA CEO added.
Meanwhile….the farmers who were on hand expressed appreciation to the Ministry and RADA for procuring the supplies on their behalf and for the assistance that were provided and will be provided within the ensuing weeks.