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RADA to engage farmers on water harvesting techniques

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2015 | 12:17 PM
A farmer waters his plants. RADA's Chief Executive Officer, Lenworth Fulton says the nation’s 230,000 farmers have been affected by the annual drought and harvesting water through the construction of ponds could be a long-term solution.

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is to engage farmers across the country on water harvesting techniques.

RADA Chief Executive Officer, Lenworth Fulton, says the agency is proposing that the farmers harvest water by establishing ponds on their farms.

Addressing farmers in Southfield, St Elizabeth recently, Fuller pointed out that a project has already been piloted among 23 green house farmers in the last year-and-a-half.

He said the ponds will ensure that in the most severe drought, water will be available for about 100 days.

The RADA CEO said the nation’s 230,000 farmers have been affected by the annual drought and harvesting water through the construction of ponds could be a long-term solution.

He said the agency is now undertaking a national survey to determine the number of farmers who are interested in practising water harvesting techniques.

Fulton said the exercise is to reach out to farmers who want to move beyond only using water storage tanks to serve their farms.