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A total of 2,275 bags of fertiliser have been distributed to 995 farmers in Portland, as the Government continues its programme of assistance to farmers in the parish who were affected by Hurricane Dean.
Crawford Clarke, Parish Manager of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in Portland, informed JIS News that the distribution of the fertilizer began on September 14, with most of the beneficiaries being farmers involved in the cultivation of domestic banana, plantain and yam.
He pointed out that some 2,000 farmers were targeted under the programme, and that distribution was being conducted in accordance with assessments done by RADA, following the passage of the hurricane on August 19.
Mr. Clarke noted that the distribution was being carried out at the RADA Parish Office in Port Antonio and the area offices at Kildare in Buff Bay and Manchioneal in the eastern section of the parish. He pointed out that the exercise should be completed next week.
The Parish Manager expressed confidence that the assistance would go a far way to enable the farmers to re-establish their cultivation, adding that RADA was fully committed to working with them to ensure the continued development of the agricultural sector in Portland.