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Published:Saturday | July 30, 2011 | 12:00 AM
RADA will be demonstrating live agri-processing techniques and the reaping process of ackee.

Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer

DENBIGH, Clarendon:

THE RURAL Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) said its exposition at this year's Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show will be more technologically centred and integrative than in previous years, giving patrons a more fun-filled and educational experience.

Under the theme 'RADA: a global approach to food security through evolving technologies', the focus is on opportunities in agriculture using high technologies.

Maia Chung, communications and public relations director of the RADA, said, "Our focus on global means that the RADA management, under advisement of the Ministry of Agriculture, will be demonstrating how scientific usage of greenhouse technologies can yield more globally appealing products that stand a viable chance with produce found anywhere in the world.

"The RADA Denbigh theme will be maximising our motto: People, land and opportunity, with a high focus on technological advances that can improve farming to not just enhance efficiency and improve yields quantity and quality, but also to make the sector more attractive to young people, and any other type of player who may be classified as a non-traditional person, to enter the sector."

The ackee is the product that RADA will be using to show how diversified a particular product can be. RADA will be demonstrating live agri-processing techniques and the reaping process of ackee.

"The thing is, even while we chose the ackee as our main food crop, the main idea is that all processes shown with this fruit are related to most or all other fruit crops, with certain specification changes for the particular fruit tree." There will be culinary displays of many non-traditional ackee preparations, and the ackee-poisoning prevention process will also be addressed.

Patrons will get a chance to participate in RADA's activities, according to Chung. "Instead of setting up our usually wonderful and comprehensive displays as being mainly viewing opportunities, we will be asking patrons at this year's exposition to join in the set-ups by planting backyard gardens, which we will have set up, learning to use the essential farm tools of the process; even for the braver patrons, learning to drive, with specialised assistance and all safety processes observed, some of the farm vehicles we use."