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  • Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, is encouraging more of the island’s farmers to register with the Government’s Agricultural Business Information System (ABIS).
  • ABIS is a web-based information programme developed by RADA, which provides information on crops, livestock, and agricultural production, markets and stakeholders, to support the business of agriculture.
  • It provides data to boost the capacity and competitiveness of stakeholders, and better measurement of capacity and performance to Government, agro-processors, food retailers, restaurateurs, and the consuming public.

Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton, is encouraging more of the island’s farmers to register with the Government’s Agricultural Business Information System (ABIS).

ABIS is a web-based information programme developed by RADA, which provides information on crops, livestock, and agricultural production, markets and stakeholders, to support the business of agriculture.

It provides data to boost the capacity and competitiveness of stakeholders, and better measurement of capacity and performance to Government, agro-processors, food retailers, restaurateurs, and the consuming public.

Making the appeal during a recent interview with JIS News, Mr. Fulton informed that a total of 170,513 farmers have registered with ABIS, adding that it has been doing “very well” since its implementation.

“It will be the major tool that the police will use to fight praedial larceny. We will meet with the police hierarchy very soon to determine how the police will use this database to question people who are transporting agricultural produce, because it will have all the data (needed),” he said.

Mr. Fulton noted that through ABIS, RADA is able to “reach” the farmers and provide vital information regarding best practices, among other things. “For us, it is a tool that we would have to reach you, and you would be in the database where we know where you are and what crop you are growing,” he added.

The CEO urged farmers to visit their RADA parish office for more details on how to become registered.

Additionally, he said that from ABIS, a tracker has been developed to identify the most important crops, “so that in real time, any marketer can go on the system and get those farmers…and offer them a price for what they have; so it is another marketing tool and another protective tool.”

Mr. Fulton said based on figures from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), a total of 220,000 farmers are in the island.

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