Farmers Graduate from 2020 Farmer Training Programme

The Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia, along with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Bodily Planning, Pure Assets and Co-operatives, concluded its Farmer’s Coaching programme on September 24, 2020.

The coaching was performed over a interval of six weeks all through the entire agricultural areas of Saint Lucia, commencing from August 17th 2020. This 12 months particularly, 100 and twenty-three farmers from areas 5, 6 and eight participated on this initiative. On the finish of this coaching, the Taiwan Technical Mission and the Ministry of Agriculture hoped to attain the objective of equipping native farmers with the data required to supply larger high quality items, with elevated harvests and merchandise with an extended shelf life. The coaching programme taught farmers totally different customs to enhance their processes of cultivation, harvesting and higher storage practices.

This coaching additionally provided farmers who didn’t have their Farmer’s ID card, the chance to grow to be licensed and obtain their Nationwide Farmer’s Identification card. Farmers who possess a Farmer’s ID card are in a greater place to barter the perfect costs for his or her produce. Most suppliers place extra confidence in farmers who’re licensed and have a farmer’s card. This confidence stems from the truth that licensed farmers with ID playing cards are extra possible to supply the next normal of vegetables and fruit to their suppliers. Subsequently, farmers with ID playing cards are better off after their coaching as a result of it provides them a greater likelihood at promoting to suppliers equivalent to accommodations and supermarkets. Massy Shops for example, pays ten cents extra per pound to Farmers with an ID card than to farmers who wouldn’t have ID playing cards.

In the course of the six-week tenure of their coaching, the farmers had been proficiently coached on totally different topics every week and discovered sensible and technical expertise in agriculture in addition to enterprise and advertising and marketing. The periods had been facilitated by way of PowerPoint displays and face-to-face interactions. The attending farmers had been lucky to have alternatives to ask detailed questions on their coaching whereas concurrently receiving solutions instantly from their technically succesful trainers. This peer-to-peer studying inspired invaluable experiences amongst farmers and considerably contributed to fixing the problems surrounding Saint Lucia’s numerous micro-climates.

The six-week programs had been Good Agricultural Apply (GAPs), Pesticide Use & Administration GAP Certification Measures, Manufacturing Scheduling, Document Conserving, Mission Presentation, Publish-Harvest Expertise, Advertising and enterprise planning.

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