JIS News

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has embarked on a fruit crop project in Portland, with the aim of putting 32 hectares of land under production by the end of February of next year.
A total of 14 fruit trees are being targeted for cultivation including breadfruit, ackee, otaheitie apple, June plum and sour sop.
Crawford Clarke, RADA Parish Manager for Portland, told JIS News that the project, which is being undertaken jointly with the farmers in the parish, was in addition to 22 hectares already in production under a Ministry of Agriculture initiative to boost the development of fruit tree orchards across the island. This project was implemented in 2000.
Mr. Clarke said the additional 32 hectares would produce another 3,900 fruit trees in the parish, adding that RADA was currently working with farmers in a number of communities to commence planting by as early as October.
He said that the project had the capability to contribute significantly to Portland’s economic base, because of the high demand for fruits both locally and abroad.