Government to train agricultural aides
The Government is moving to make it easier for farmers to register with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).
Minister without Portfolio in the Agriculture Ministry, J.C. Hutchinson, says members of production and marketing organisations (PMOs) will be trained to become agricultural aides to assist extension officers with the registration of farmers.
He was addressing the launch of the St Thomas PMO at the Village Restaurant, in Morant Bay, on Wednesday.
Hutchinson explained that agricultural aides will also be able to examine crops that are damaged and report to extension officers within a day during a natural disaster.
He stressed that agricultural aides will not be paid, noting that many persons in farm groups are currently functioning in those roles.
Hutchinson said the Government is only formalising that system through training.