Crop Cycling

Knowing the best time to plant a particular crop is critical to how well it performs. On today’s edition of Calling Farmers we talk crop cycling with RADA Extension officer Joel Pryce.

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Benefits of the Agriculture Receipt Book

The Agricultural Produce Receipt Book is a simple system designed to help the police verify the legitimacy of agricultural produce. How it works is that farmers will issue a receipt to buyers of produce. If the buyer is stopped by the police, he or she can show the police their receipt, to verify that the goods were purchased and not stolen.

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Plans for the Coconut Industry

Coconut milk has played a key role in Jamaican cooking for many years, and coconut oil with its multiple healing properties is widely used in the cosmetic industry. These are just a few of the many uses of the coconut.

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Agriculture Ministry Urging Farmers to Use Receipt Books

Thieves have been a thorn in the flesh of farmers for years. The government’s response to the problem has included the implementation of the Agricultural Produce Receipt Book System. Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw says for the system to work, the police must demand receipts from persons travelling with goods across the island.

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Six Youth Benefit from Agricultural Development Scholarships

Six young people from St. Ann, St. Elizabeth and Manchester are benefitting from the Jamaica Bauxite Institute JBI/RIO Tinto/Alcan Legacy Fund, RTLAF Scholarships. After graduating, the scholarship recipients will be better able to successfully carry out green house production and would advise farmers in production and management.

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RADA AND CNET signs MOU with CNET OUTAONE

A big part of growing the agricultural sector involves ensuring Jamaican goods can access as many new markets as possible. Achieving this objective is part of why the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, RADA and diaspora agricultural organization CNET Group Incorporated/OUTAONE EXCHANGE recently signed two memoranda of understanding.

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Accompong Farmers To Harvest From Cannabis Licensing Pilot

Farmers in Accompong, St. Elizabeth, who are part of the Government’s cannabis cultivation pilot project are expected to commence harvesting the plant within four months. Under the project, the Government is looking to cultivate 50 acres of the plant for use as raw material in a variety of commercial products, including oils and animal feed.

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No Ban on Parrot fish

You may have heard calls from environmental lobby groups in recent years urging persons to stop or reduce the fishing and consumption of Parrot Fish. But Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw, says there is no plan to ban the fishing of the brightly coloured tropical fish.

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Farmers First shipment of US Bound Jamaican Mangoes to be Delivered in May

Come next month, Jamaica will export its first shipment of mangoes to the United States US, after a 20-year break. Under the programme the Mango Irradiation Programme, the Ministry works with the United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services to ensure compliance with the US import requirements.

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Pumping Up Pumpkin Production

It’s round, it’s tough and it has a heart of gold or sometimes orange; Its pumpkin! And the Agriculture minister wants farmers to produce more of it for the international market.

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Agriculture Ministry Working To Develop Land Bank

A land bank is being developed to identify property across the island that’s suitable for agriculture, but not being used for this purpose. Agriculture Ministry, Audley Shaw says the lands are classified in three categories: sugar company lands that are no longer being used for planting cane, lands held by the National Land Agency NLA and mined out bauxite lands.

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Jamaica Trade Information Portal to Go Live in May

Exporters and importers will soon be able to benefit from the Jamaica Trade Information Portal, which is expected to go live next month. The Jamaica Trade Information Portal project, officially launched on October 4 last year, is expected to help Jamaican export and import businesses become more commercially responsive and competitive in the global market.

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Farmers Urged To Adopt Climate Smart Practices

Farmers across the island are being urged to adopt climate-smart practices in order to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters. Dean of Science and Technology at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies UWI, Professor Michael A. Taylor, says with rising temperatures, unpredictability of rain, drought and other climatic phenomena, farmers will have to rethink their methods.

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Four Markets Identified For Locally Grown Foods

Increased markets for their goods and services means more money for the produces. In effort to help local farmers increase their earning potential, the Government has identified four markets they should target going forward.

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Winston Jones High 4H Club

Imagine being able to cook a meal while outside on your farm. That’s what students from the Winston Jones High School 4H club in Manchester achieved with their solar box cooker.

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Mobay 4H Club Tackling Climate Change

The Jamaica 4H clubs has been encouraging its members to find creative solutions to help tackle the issue of climate change on the island. Students at the Montego Bay High School answered the call and have devised a solution to reduce pollution in the second city.

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Jamaica 4H Boy of the Year

Being crowned boy or girl of the year at the Jamaica 4H clubs National Achievement Day expo is a dream of nearly every club member, including Sandray Miller of Spanish Town. The recognition serves as encouragement to 4H club members to continue striving for excellence in their various projects.

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