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.
Every respective area culminated their coaching with an official commencement ceremony. On September 29th 2020, Area Eight exhibited twenty-six farmers on the Odsan Temple of Religion church. Then adopted the commencement ceremony of Area 5 on October fifth 2020 on the Nationwide Expertise Improvement Middle in Vieux- Fort. Thirty farmers efficiently accomplished their coaching and in addition went on to obtain their certificates. Lastly, an astounding sixty-seven farmers graduated from Area Six on the Cool Breeze Visitor Home Convention room on October 12th 2020. Initially, solely twenty-five farmers had been proposed to obtain coaching per area, subsequently by the massive turnout obtained from this initiative, it’s protected to level out the expediency of this coaching program in Saint Lucia.
The commencement ceremony for Area Six which happened on the Soufriere Cool Breeze Visitor Home Convention room, was attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Peter Chen, Everlasting Secretary within the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Barrymore Felicien, Mrs Soriah Niles-Regis, Deputy Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Gregg Rawlins Nationwide Consultant for Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Mr. Franklin Solomon, Soufriere Regional Improvement Basis (SRDF) Common Supervisor, Mr. Mario Cheng, Chief of the Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia, Mr. Kemuel Jn Baptiste – Chief Extension Officer and the Mission’s Co-Ordinator Ms. Adline Eudovic.
In the course of the ceremony, the entire specifically invited company gave their remarks on the success of the farmers coaching, in addition to the constructive affect it’s anticipated to have on the agricultural market in Saint Lucia. Mr. Barrymore Felicien, Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, thanked the Taiwan Technical Mission to Saint Lucia, IICA and in addition Massy shops for his or her note-worthy contributions in the direction of this initiative. He additionally prolonged his effectively needs to the graduates on having profitable farming careers. Mr. Gregg Rawlins Nationwide Consultant for Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), additionally supplied the identical encouragement to the farmers in his remarks. He urged them to strengthen their newly established relationships with one another by sharing info, networking and supporting one another’s merchandise.
His Excellency Peter Chen, the Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia counseled the farmers on the efforts and for persevering with the course to its completion stating that it’s not simple. He spoke of Saint Lucia’s huge import invoice of vegetables and fruit equivalent to watermelons and cantaloupes, and because of this, Taiwan works intently with the Authorities of Saint Lucia to assist farmers domesticate these crops domestically and equally scale back the nation’s invoice on imported meals. Mr. Mario Cheng, Chief of the Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia, thanked all of the specifically invited company and in addition the farmers for collaborating within the coaching. He urged them to proceed being devoted to their farms and to be happy to contact the Taiwan Technical Mission and their extension officers ought to they want help sooner or later. He additionally inspired the farmers to make sure that they put what they had been taught from the coaching into observe.
One of many graduates, Mr. Alex Faucher, supplied his testimonial on his coaching expertise. He attested to the substantial quantity of training he gained from collaborating on this course, and mentioned that he instantly put what he was taught into observe. On account of this coaching programme, he’s now geared up with the data and confidence required to supply and resolve any downside he could encounter on his farm.
The Enhancement of Effectivity of Manufacturing-Distribution Provide Chains within the Fruits and Vegetable Sector challenge concentrate on seven crops- watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydew, bell peppers, cabbages, pineapples and tomatoes- over a three-year interval.