The Mona School of Business and Management, Code for the Caribbean and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority has pioneered a six (6) months Agricultural Open Data Initiative Project aimed at using ICT and existing agricultural data from Agri-Business Information Systems (ABIS) and Jamaica Agricultural Marketing Information Systems (JAMIS) to facilitate the development programmes to include the Harvest API and Clip SMS.
These systems sought to directly focus on:
- How to assist in addressing the problem of praedial larceny
- Agricultural production planning and tracking.
During the Demonstration Day Event which took place on March 13, 2014 at the Faculty of Law Building, UWI, Hon. Julian Robinson, State Minister, Ministry of Science Technology Energy and Mining endorsed this initiative and mentioned that it is an effective means of extracting knowledge from a rapidly growing data source in a cost effective and open source and it provides a platform to advance the economic growth agenda.
Mr. Lenworth Fulton, Chief Executive Officer, RADA also encouraged software developers, business operators and other interests both locally and internationally to “use the opportunity to work with Code for the Caribbean to assist in improving the business decision-making process and identifying investment opportunities”.
He also stated that “the journey has just begun for this partnership with the Code for the Caribbean as we strive to embrace technology for our future prosperity”.