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  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Luther Buchanan, has commended farmers in Hanover for working hard to produce for the nation, despite numerous challenges facing them, including drought.
  • Some 1,021 hectares of domestic food crops are currently under production in the parish. These include 227.3 hectares of plantain, 167.8 hectares of banana, and 104.3 hectares of yam. The parish also produces Irish potato, red peas, and ginger.
  • The Open Day featured displays from the Ministry’s Agricultural Research Division, Nutri-Mix Animal Feeds, the Hanover Beekeepers’ Association, 4-H Clubs, Knockalva Agricultural College, and the Green Island High and Lucea primary schools

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Luther Buchanan, has commended farmers in Hanover for working hard to produce for the nation, despite numerous challenges facing them, including drought.

He said that through their resilience and tenacity, they are contributing to food security, while reducing the country’s food import bill.

Mr. Buchanan was speaking at the Hanover Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Open Day held on Thursday (December 4), on the grounds of the RADA Parish Office in Haughton Court, Lucea.

Some 1,021 hectares of domestic food crops are currently under production in the parish. These include 227.3 hectares of plantain, 167.8 hectares of banana, and 104.3 hectares of yam. The parish also produces Irish potato, red peas, and ginger.

Mr. Buchanan hailed the red peas and ginger farmers in particular whom, he said, have increased their production by 100 per cent.

“In 2013, 22 farmers participated in the red peas expansion programme by establishing 4.4 hectares of (crop). This year, you have redoubled your efforts and expanded your acreage under production by 100 per cent,” he noted.

“I note also that in keeping with the Ministry’s ginger programme, you have increased your ginger production from 9.8 hectares in 2013 to 21.7 hectares in 2014, representing an increase of over 100 per cent,” he added.

The Agriculture State Minister also cited the parish’s achievements at the 2014 Denbigh Agricultural Show in August, when Hanover placed second in the overall parish competition, after many years of placing near the bottom.

The Open Day featured displays from the Ministry’s Agricultural Research Division, Nutri-Mix Animal Feeds, the Hanover Beekeepers’ Association, 4-H Clubs, Knockalva Agricultural College, and the Green Island High and Lucea primary schools.

Mr. Buchanan also toured the Hanover RADA ginger nursery facilities and its farmers’ demonstration and training fields.

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