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Every year, many areas of Jamaica experience drought conditions. These sometimes last for long periods, causing large areas of vegetation to become very dry.
In these conditions, vegetation will burn quickly, posing serious fire risks. Over the years, severe brush fires have damaged crops, livestock, buildings and general vegetation. This has caused millions of dollars' worth of damage and farm losses. Many persons' livelihoods have become more difficult as a result.
Under such conditions, it is very important to keep flames away from all dried vegetation.
Key Bush-Fire Stakeholders
1. Farmers, farmer groups
2. Fire Department
3. Rapid Response Unit, National Water Commission
4. Parish councils
5. Rural Agricultural Development Authority
6. Social Development Commission
9. Ministry of Health
Information for the RADA Diaries is compiled and provided by the RADA Communication and Public Relations Department. Further information can be had from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) by calling 1-888-ASK-RADA