The construction of the brand new The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office in Hague Show Ground, Trelawny, has been completed at a cost of $89 million. At the time ground was broken on July 18, 2013, it was projected to cost $69 million.
RADA is a statutory body that seeks to enhance the development of farming in Jamaica, through an effective, efficient and sustainable extension service.
The old RADA building, located in Falmouth was sold as part of the Falmouth Port development and the office was provisionally relocated to Duncans.
The Falmouth RADA office project was completed in March of this year (2015). However, Chief Executive Officer of RADA, Lenworth Fulton, said they had to wait to get the utilities (light, water and phone) connected. Now 5 months later, Fulton announced in Denbigh that the complex will be officially opened next month (September).
The new Trelawny RADA office will house some 22 RADA staff. The two-storey reinforced concrete building will also accommodate the offices of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), National Land Agency (NLA), and the 4-H Movement. This means that all the major agencies related to agriculture and lands in the parish will now be under one roof.
As a result, the entire western Jamaica region will benefit from this facility. The estimated figure is that over 10,000 farmers in western Jamaica will benefit from its use.