Manchester, Trelawny top RADA parish competition
MANCHESTER and Trelawny emerged champions of phases one and two, respectively, of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) inaugural parish competition.
The competition was based on the need to engage RADA staff in efforts to enhance service delivery, strengthen parish leadership and, by extension, positively impact productivity in the agricultural sector.
Additionally, the competition was also aimed at engaging employees in developing positive attitudes, personal and professional achievements and productive behaviour, in order to assist in improving their relations with farmers and influence productivity.
According to RADA, the broad objectives of the competition were to: Stimulate staff at the parish level, to become continuously engaged in processes and practices that will cause service delivery and accountability to be of the highest order; strengthen parish leadership and team work, in areas that will positively impact staff morale and, by extension, production and productivity; and, to encourage parish management and staff to pursue a course of action that is consistent with the strategic direction outlined for the authority.
The areas of assessment included: Improvement and expansion in crop production, marketing plans, market-driven production, project development, livestock development, and group formation/strengthening - with emphasis being placed on women and youth membership; agricultural disaster risk management initiatives and farmer registration and verification exercises.
Each parish office was also expected to write and implement at least two viable projects capable of generating income totalling at least $500,000, or strengthen the capacities of existing initiatives.
The top three parishes in the two phases of the competition were Manchester, St Ann and Trelawny in phase one, and Trelawny, St Ann, and St Mary in phase two.