Farmer Field School hoped to reduce import bill

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Farmer Field School hoped to reduce import bill
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Staff from the Ministry of Agriculture who are involved in the project are Bron Donnie Lafeuillee, Chrishna St. Brice and Lincoln Prospere.

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.

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  1. Great initiative, could our grand parents not hv shown us how to farm? We now hv Taiwanese from a different climate teachin us how to plant the same foods our grand parents planted and grew up on. Thank U Taiwan/ Tom Chou and PM .

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  2. Great initiative to assist in reducing the food import bill and most importantly assisting the farmers. Happy to see the young techs spare heading this project. It would be nice to keep the public updated with the progress. Where can I find out more details on the project?

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  3. I could see this being beneficial to young, unemployed individuals in the community. Hope they take advantage of it.

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  4. It's sad that all these things we grew up with have been forgotten, and things that came to St. Lucians so easily before, such as animal husbandry and backyard gardens now have to be taught.

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  5. Wonderful initiative, good luck and make sure that you have an understanding with your customers on quality & quantity requirements

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