PORT ANTONIO — The Rural Agricultural Authority (RADA) is reporting that approximately $3.5 million in sales was generated from the fourth farmers' market held in Portland last week.
RADA Marketing Officer for the parish, Erica Daley, told JIS News that 64 farmers from Portland, St. Mary, St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. Ann and St. Elizabeth participated in the market held at the Folly Estate in Port Antonio, with approximately 70,000 pounds of produce sold.
She said that the event was the most successful to date, judging from the volume of sales, the number of participating farmers, and the turnout of consumers. She said that the produce in greatest demand during the day were cabbage, carrots, yams and lettuce.
The RADA Marketing Officer thanked the patrons for their support of the farmers’ markets, noting that the public response to the events has been overwhelming.
She also expressed gratitude to the farmers for cooperating with RADA in the staging of the markets.
She urged them to continue to produce to help Jamaica achieve food security and enable the agricultural sector to maintain its role as a major contribution to the development of the national economy.
Since January, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has been staging a series of farmers’ markets at venues across the island, to address the glut of some produce. The markets provide an opportunity for consumers to buy produce at reduced prices, while allowing farmers to get rid of surplus crops.
By ASTON G. BAILEY, JIS REGIONAL OFFICE