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(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Ministry of Agriculture and the Taiwan technical Mission jointly held a watermelon production workshop in Micoud on 6th September, 2018.
More than 50 farmers and extension officers attended the workshop. Trainees were taught the know-how of watermelon production to improve their production both in quality and quantity.
At the workshop, Taiwan expert, Mr. Tim Shiao, explained how to use pumpkin root to reduce the incidence of pests and diseases of watermelon. Mr. Mario Cheng, head of Taiwan Technical Mission, also emphasized that grafting can improve the immunity of watermelon against disease from soils.
The Watermelon Production Workshop is part of the on-going “Fruit and Vegetable Demonstration and Extension Project Phase Two”. To date, the bilateral cooperation project between Taiwan and Saint Lucia had conducted 600 field technical advisory services, provided 20,000 seedlings, and trained over 2,000 farmers, steadily fulfilling the goal of improving local farmers’ competitiveness and revenue. The mission will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Agriculture to further enhance the capability of local farmers.