Over 200 acres of agricultural lands in sections of Bog Hole, Clarendon and Douglas Castle, St. Ann have been inundated with water following recent heavy rains. This has been deemed the greatest disaster since the 1980’s which has severely affected residents and farmers through losses to agricultural produce and livestock. Overall the preliminary loss to the agricultural sector is estimated at $522 million. Within Douglas Castle residents (to include farmers) have...Read more
This serves as an advisory specifically for onion and escallion farmers in South St. Elizabeth.As we approach the warmer months, when the temperatures will gradually increase, conditions for the rapid buildup of the beet armyworm are highly favorable.The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) and RADA are advising the following strategies to mitigate the further development of this pest at this time: Reduce the acreages of scallion during the...Read more
The Rural Agricultural Development Authority sees the necessity in notifying farmers and the general public of the proper uses of pesticides. See below useful information that can greatly assist in the employment of good agricultural practices and pesticides management. Understanding the Pesticide Label The use of pesticides has become an indispensable factor of agricultural production. Nearly all pesticides are toxic and can be potentially dangerous to humans if exposure…
Post Harvest Management for Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Root Crops – A Guide for Farmers
Livestock: After a hurricane or flood, the farm should be returned to production as soon as possible.
How to Plant for Disasters Here are some suggestions for planting: On slopes, establish crop rows and artificial or vegetative barriers across contours including appropriate, deep-rooting trees.
Avoid: Planting trees in areas prone to flooding Avoid planting trees on very steep slopes ( greater than 35 degrees) Avoid soil contaminated by toxic water and in which similar type crops were affected by soil borne disease
Grades and standards for fresh agricultural produce are considered one of the main tools for the marketing of commodities in the local and international markets due to the worldwide commercialization of agricultural produce.
THE TYPE of packaging used can account for 15 to 20 per cent of post-harvest loss in fresh produce.
Grades and standards for fresh agricultural produce are considered among the main tools for the marketing of commodities in the local and international markets due to worldwide commercialisation of agricultural produce.
The Danger Every year, many areas of Jamaica experience drought conditions. These sometimes last for long periods, causing large areas of vegetation to become very dry.
INTEGRATED PEST management (IPM) is a safer approach to pest control.
The following tips were provided by the Public Relations and Communications Department of the Rural Agriculture Development Authority. www.rada.gov.jm.
Ginger rhizome rot is considered one of the major limiting actors of ginger production in Jamaica.
The number one rule is sanitation. All utensils used in milking must be clean.
This method is easier to carry out and the tags are easy to read. However, this method is not permanent as a tag can be accidentally ripped from ear or break.
THE BROODING period is one of the most important phases during the life of your chicken and, if done incorrectly, may result in financial losses to the farmer.