An initiative which is expected to help reduce the country’s import bill and improve food security has been launched by various partners within the agriculture sector.
The junior technical staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries and Rural Development, along with the Taiwanese mission and Belle-Vue Farmer’s Co-operative, have collaborated to implement a Farmer’s Field School in the Choiseul/Soufriere area, a press release states.
The Farmer Field School will involve both theoretical and practical learning of crop husbandry practices and good agricultural practices involved in the cultivation of crops.
According to the press release, the programme will focus on the sweet melon or “honey dew and cucumber production” where it is expected that 20 farmers from Region Six will undergo training for three months to successfully produce the respective crops.
The release states that an average $3 million is spent every year to import sweet melons to the island.
Staff from the Ministry of Agriculture who are involved in the project are Bron Donnie Lafeuillee, Chrishna St. Brice and Lincoln Prospere.