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Farmers in Manchester, who were affected by Hurricane Dean, and who are registered under the Agricultural Business Information System (ABIS) are being encouraged to visit the local Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office in Mandeville to receive fertiliser assistance.
The assistance falls under the Government’s hurricane relief programme, which is geared toward helping farmers to quickly get back on their feet. It is estimated that Manchester suffered some $192 million in agricultural damage as a result of the hurricane.Samuel Harris, Acting Parish Manager at RADA, which is implementing the ABIS programme, told JIS News that “this assistance is being issued using very strict, careful procedures to ensure that only farmers affected will receive this form of assistance”.
He noted that since the passage of Dean, extension officers have been visiting farms and making assessments of the damage sustained in the parish “and so we are on top of things and have an idea of what is the true situation out there.” Mr. Harris explained that farmers, who qualified for help, will receive a special delivery receipt “which will indicate the amount of fertilizer to be issued so as to help with the re-establishment of crops and it should be taken to our offices in Mandeville between Mondays to Thursdays from as early as 9 in the morning.the prospective recipient will then get the fertilizer.”
In the meantime, he encouraged farmers, who have not yet registered under the ABIS system to “get on board”.
“This system was designed for your own benefit so that when natural disasters like Hurricane Dean occur, you can get some sort of benefit. It is still not too late as we are still doing registration under this programme,” he said.
ABIS is a database driven system that is designed to provide information appropriate to boost the capacity and competitiveness of stakeholders (primarily farmers) and provide better measurement of capacity and performance to government.
The system is intended to be a repository for technical information (from new research and tried and proven cultural practices); assist stakeholders to buy and sell produce and production inputs; and forecast key agricultural variables.

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