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MINISTRY PAPER

ANNUAL REPORT AND AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF THE

RURAL AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 2010

The matter for tabling in the Houses of Parliament is the Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority for the year ended March 31, 2010. 2. CORPORATE PROFILE The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is a statutory body established under the Rural Agricultural Development Authority Act of 1990. It is Jamaica's chief agricultural extension and rural development agency. 3. DOMESTIC FOOD CROP PRODUCTION Domestic crop production grew by 22.4% during the 2009 calendar year,

moving from 400,110 tonnes in 2008 to 489,672 tonnes in 2009. This relatively high rate of growth in output was achieved despite a protracted drought which was spread over two (2) quarters and the devastation caused by the Beet Army worm infestation of selected crops in parts of St. Elizabeth and Manchester. 4. FARMER TRAINING Training interventions took place in all 98 extension areas which the island is divided into. A combination of delivery strategies allowed the authority to transmit extension messages in the technical areas of crop production, crop nutrition, integrated pest management and food safety, protected agriculture and record keeping. In terms of direct delivery the following were accomplished: • Number of training sessions conducted

1,572

• Number of farmers trained in groups

24,918

• Farm visits

64,620

• Demonstration plots established

17

• Number of technical publications

5

5. ON-FARMWATERMANAGEMENT The productive capability of hundreds of farmers was considerably enhanced during the reporting period due to the interventions of the Water Management Unit. Interventions of installation of gravity drip and mist systems, in


addition to technical training, led to increases in both production and productivity. Farmers who benefited from the programme have managed to increase their cropping cycles from 1-3 per year and have also recorded increased crop yields of over 500/0.

6.

SOCIAL SERVICESIHOME ECONOMICS PROGRAMME

Training was the foremost strategy by which the Unit impacted upon the lives of farm families. The Unit conducted over 900 practical/theoretical sessions in the areas of food and nutrition; backyard gardening; family life and effective parenting; food preservation; and agro-processing. Entrepreneurial enterprises supported by the programme earned $20.454M from the sale of products including bammies, peanut punch, tamarind sauce, and household items. The quest for new products continued and during the period the Unit conducted consumer acceptance tests on cassava fries, cho-cho fruit cake, and breadfruit cream punch.

7.

EXTENSION OFFICER RE-CERTIFICATION PROGRAMME

This programme, currently in its planning phase, was designed with the aim of strengthening the technical capabilities of extension officers. It is expected that at the end of the programme the extension officers will have attained National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) level 3 certification and will be able to transfer their knowledge of the latest technology, concepts and approaches in their training/advisory roles.

8.

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEM (ABIS)

This system was extended beyond its primary role of registration of farmers, to include dissemination of estimates of crop production and acts in a supportive function to the Praedial Larceny Prevention Programme (PLPP). The latter function is administered through the Receipt Book Management sub-system.

9.

PROJECTS & PROGRAMMES 1. Producer Marketing Organisations (PMO) - The first ever PMOs

conference was staged by RADA in June 2009. Over 5,000 farmers representing approximately 700 PMOs participated in the agricultural exposition, workshops and seminars aimed at integrating these organisations into the planning and operation activities of the Authority.


11.

Fruit Tree Crop Project - The primary goal of this project is to increase the supply of fruits to satisfy the demand from processors and the fresh fruit market. During the period of review the project exceeded its target relating to orchard management training with 492 farmers being exposed to the content. On the other hand, seedling distribution (26,892) and the number of hectares (138) planned for establishment as orchards were slightly below the anticipated outputs.

111.

European Union Banana Support Programme (EUBSP) -This programme

proposes

to

maintain

the

standard

of

living

of

farmers/workers adversely affected by the fallout in banana production. The programme has two (2) parallel components, namely the Banana Improvement Programme (BIP) and Rural Diversification Programme (RDP). During the review period 10 small grants were award to community

groups

and

non-government

organisations

for

the

development of sustainable agricultural and non- agricultural enterprises. Additionally, 228 farms were rehabilitated through the provision of production inputs. Indirect support was offered through the refurbishing of the Artificial Insemination Laboratory operated by the Research & Development division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, as well as the upgrading of six (6) fishing beaches with modem facilities for storage and other commercial operations. IV.

Agriculture Disaster Risk Management (ADRM) - The national ADRM was strengthened with the development of a national plan. This was prepared under a technical cooperation project funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and through consultations with sector stakeholders.

9.

REMUNERATIONS The compensation of the Directors and Senior Executives are set out at

appendices I and II, respectively. 10. AUDITORS'REPORT The Financial Statements were audited by BDO Jamaica Chartered Accounts and they have stated that the financial statements gave a true and fair view of the Authority's financial position as at March 31, 2010, and of its financial performance, changes in equity and its cash flows for the year then ended in


accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and';~\Qmply with the "

provisions of the Jamaican Rural Agricultural Development Authority Act 1990.

11.

The Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements of the Rural

Agricultural Development Authority are hereby submitted to be tabled in the Houses of Parliament.

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'Roger lar~==========~ Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries April 1-6, 2012


Appendix I

DIRECTORS COMPENSATION

Position of Director

Fees

($)

Motor Vehicle Upkeeptrravelling or Value of Assigned Motor Vehicle ($)

69,500.00

Board Member 2

44,500.00

Board Member 3

95,100.00

Board Member 4

37,340.00

Board Member 5

26,000.00

Board Member 6

49,500.00

Board Member 7

70,000.00

Board Member 8

69,000.00

-

Board Member 9

33,500.00

-

Board Member 10

73,000.00

-

Board Member 11

63,000.00

Board Member 12

69,500.00

Board Member 13

47,500.00

Board Member 14

12,500.00

Board Member 15

7,500.00

Board Member 16

7,500.00

Board Member 17

7,500.00

iBoard Member 18

7,500.00

-

2,169,368.50

Total

2,959,308.50

($)

Total

($)

($)

-

Chairman

'Parish Advisory Board Members fees

All Other Compensation including Non-Cash Benefits as applicable

Honoraria

-

_ __ _._ ....

.....

.... _.足

-

49,500.00

-

70,000.00

-

69,000.00

-

33,500.00

-

73,000.00

-

63,000.00

69,500.00 44,500.00 95,100.00 37,340.00 26,000.00

69,500.00 47,500.00 12,500.00 7,500.00 7,500.00 7,500.00 7,500.00 2,169,368.50 2,959,308.50


Appendix II

SENIOR EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION Traveling

Allowance

. Gratuity or Position of Senior Executive

Year

Salary

Performance

or

($)

Incentive

Value of

($)

Assigned Motor Vehicle ($)

Pension or Other

Other

Non-Cash

Retirement

Allowances

Benefits

Benefits

($)

($)

Total

($)

($)

797,000.00

-

-

-

5,468,000.00

796,000.00

-

-

-

3,877,000.00

-

797,000.00

306,000.00

-

-

3,256,000.00

3,350,000.00

-

796,000.00

-

-

4,146,000.00

2009-2010

5,082,000.00

-

1,592,000.00

225,000.00

-

6,899,000.00

Information

2009路2010

2,979,000.00

-

797,000.00

-

-

3,776,000.00

Director Board Secretariat

2009-2010

1,797,000.00

-

420,000.00

-

-

-

2,217,000.00

Snr. Dir. HRM and Admin

2009-2010

3,105,000.00

-

796,000.00

-

-

-

3,901,000.00

Manager

2009-2010

1,875,000.00

-

420,000.00

196,000.00

-

2,491,000.00

Parish Agricultural Managers (13)

2009-2010

29,631,000.00

-

5,460,000.00

-

-

-

35,091,000.00

56,606,000.00

1,118,000.00

12,671,000.00

727,000.00

Chief Executive Officer

2009-2010

3,553,000.00

Deputy Executive Director

2009-2010

3,081,000.00

Snr. Director of Finance and Accounts

2009-2010

2,153,000.00

Manage, Social Services/Home Economics

2009-2010

Zonal Directors - East and West

1,118,000.00

-~

Information and Communication Technologv

Total

71,122,000.00


705_Ministry Paper 25 - 2012