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Register a Farm

Jamaica has a strong farming background that is supported by an enabling environment and an abundance of well-trained personnel. The new millennium agricultural landscape for Jamaica is one of diversification, niche marketing and value-added products. With roughly 516,000 acres of arable land in the country, there are tremendous opportunities for investors in Jamaica’s agriculture sector to serve domestic needs as well as export markets.

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF). RADA was established under the Rural Agricultural Development Act, and it is Jamaica’s chief agricultural extension and rural development agency. It is committed to promoting the development of agriculture in Jamaica, with a mandate “To enhance the development of farming through an effective, efficient and sustainable Extension Service”.

Farm Registration uniquely identifies farmers and provides basic information about their farms and farming practices. Registration targets all farmers (both individuals and companies), who are cultivating crops or rearing livestock with the intention to sell. Farmers are required to register their farms with RADA in order to access fiscal incentives and other benefits offered by the Government of Jamaica (GOJ).

RADA only registers operational farms as the officers will need to see evidence of the produce/livestock as indicated on the registration form at the time of the site visit. Once your farm has been established and is operational, you may then proceed to register your farm using the process below.


How to Register a Farm

The Process
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  1. Persons involved in farming of any sort, can get information that will help them understand how to apply the tax laws and to access their fiscal incentives.
  1. Farmers with income earned exclusively from carrying out prescribed agricultural activities can get relief of income tax - See Agricultural Incentives. The relief is normally for a period of ten years in the first instance, and the criteria taken into account in granting any further relief are the potential foreign exchange earnings/ savings, and the viability and profitability of the enterprise.

For more information, you may also visit the RADA website or contact the office at 1 (876) 977-1158/62.