CFL congratulates new group of certified farmers

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CFL congratulates new group of certified farmers
Farmers of Region 7
Farmers of Region 7

PRESS RELEASE – Congratulations to farmers of Roseau (Region 7) and Bexon (Region 8) who participated in the Ministry of Agriculture’s Farmer Certification Programme and graduated this month.

The Farmer Certification Programme is a Public-Private sector initiative between the Ministry of Agriculture, Consolidated Foods Ltd. and the St. Lucia Marketing Board. It was established to strengthen the relationship between producers and purchasers, by improving production/marketing linkages, better defining market requirements and developing production plans to manage the supply of fresh produce.

As such the farmers who participated in the six week training programme received instruction on Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) standards on the farm, data collection, record keeping, food safety, post-harvest handling and variety selection. The GAP standards assure purchasers that fruits and vegetables grown domestically meet the highest health and safety standards. The farmers who received the six week training certificates now join the over 1000 farmers who are in the process of getting GAP certified.

Local Perishables Manager of Consolidated Foods Ltd. Dunstan Demille commends the farmers for their dedication and commitment to the programme. He said CFL is focused on creating an environment that is supportive of agricultural production and development and will continue to work with the Ministry of Agriculture in realizing this objective. This, he said, was part of the company’s strategy of championing local products, through mutually beneficial relationships with farmers.

Farmers were encouraged to maintain the GAP standards as this is the only way they will continue receive incentives such as preferential pricing and favourable market access from CFL.

St. Lucia is divided into eight (8) agricultural regions which allows farmers (crop, livestock, etc) to be served throughout the island on a daily basis based on a work week.

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  1. How can you call someone a block head when they have an ability and knowledge to produce the food that we need to survive.

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  2. I was one of the farmers who attended the training and I have to admit that it was worth it. It enlightened us on how we can expand our markets and also improving the quality of our produce and also giving our clients a better healthier produce. Most St. Lucian are of the opinion that farmers are uneducated and block heads but this is just ignorance. At our graduation we had a qualified Realty Broker, an Engineer at Communications and Works, contractors and many other qualified, knowledgeable persons who took part in the training. For every one that is of the opinion that farmers are people who can not get jobs i would like to assure you that this is not the case. Things are getting harder in the world and a nation that can not feed its people is a begging nation.

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  3. How can we ever move forward when we are being so negative,weather they are blackheads or not.i bet u are one of those whose waiting for them to plant the corn and u to raid the barn

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  4. How can we ever move forward when we are being so negative,weather they are blackheads or not.i bet u are one of those whose waiting for them to plant the corn and u to raid the barn

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  5. i am grateful for a place to sell my product week at a decent price and getting paid in 7 working days.

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  6. I wonder how many of these farmers honestly admitted learning anything .I know some of them and they are real blockheads,so these certificates serve???????.

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    • That is a very negative thing to say. Oh Lucians please stop being so negative to each other.

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  7. And who drives the price of produce down very week…. who stops farmers earning a decent living…
    CFL…
    who pays the same as they did 10 years ago for tomatoes an cabbage an lettuce
    CFL
    Who pays 3.50/ pound for local tomatoes and 10 per pound for imports...
    Get real… start paying market rate to support farmers… not picking price out of de air…

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  8. Well done all. Keep learning, keep living humble and clean. You are leading the nation and setting an example.

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