1   Short title

   2   Interpretation


Establishment and Functions of Authority

   3   Establishment of Authority

   4   Functions of Authority

   5   Ministerial directions

   6   Appointment of officers and employees


Financial Provisions

   7   Funds

   8   Borrowing powers

   9   Advances and guarantee of borrowings

   10   Repayment of, and interest on, advances and sums issued to meet guarantee

      Exemption from income tax

   11   Accounts and audit

   12   Annual report and estimates



   13   Improvement work on private land

   14   Power of inspection

   15   Notices

   16   Regulations




[Date of Commencement: 17th May, 1990]

13 of 1990,
20 of 2002.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Rural Agricultural Development Authority Act.

Preliminary (section 2)

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "agriculture" includes any activities relating to-

   (a)   horticulture;

   (b)   afforestation;

   (c)   apiculture;

   (d)   fish-culture;

   (e)   fishing;

   (f)   the development and maintenance of pastures;

   (g)   the cultivation of crops;

   (h)   the keeping or breeding of livestock or poultry, and "agricultural" shall be construed accordingly;

   "chairman" means the chairman of the Authority,

   "functions" includes powers and duties;

   "improvement work" means work of any nature which is likely to enhance the productivity of land, or to reclaim or rehabilitate any land or to remedy, retard or prevent erosion or deterioration of land;

   "rural areas" means all that part of Jamaica which falls outside of the parish of Kingston as defined in the Counties and Parishes Act.

Establishment and Functions of Authority (sections 3-6)

3   Establishment of Authority

   (1) For the purposes of this Act there is hereby established a body to be called the Rural Agricultural Development Authority, which shall be a body corporate to which the provisions of section 28 of the Interpretation Act shall apply.

   (2) The provisions of the Schedule shall have effect with respect to the constitution and operation of the Authority and otherwise in relation thereto.

4   Functions of Authority

   (1) It shall be the duty of the Authority to-

   (a)   provide an efficient agricultural extension service and participate in the formulation and implementation of appropriate rural development projects with a view to stimulating and facilitating the development of agriculture in Jamaica;

   (b)   encourage and, so far as may be practicable, having regard to the financial and other resources and to the statutory powers of the Authority, to secure the proper economic and efficient utilization of all land in the rural areas;

   (c)   encourage and, so far as may be practicable, having regard to the financial and other resources at the disposal of the Authority for such purpose, to assist or to participate in the doing by private enterprise of any improvement work in the rural areas to such extent and in such manner as the Authority may consider expedient;

   (d)   perform such other functions as the Minister may from time to time by order prescribe.

   (2) In the exercise of its functions under subsection (1) the Authority may-

   (a)   carry on such activities as appear to it to be advantageous, necessary or desirable for or in connection with the performance of those functions, including, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the marketing of agricultural produce;

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