(PRESS RELEASE) — The Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, launched its Farmer’s Training program on September 16, 2019.
This training will continue for six weeks throughout all of the agricultural regions of Saint Lucia. It is our goal that at the end of the training, the local farmers will be able to offer higher quality goods, with increased yields and products with a longer shelf life through improved cultivation, harvesting and storage techniques.
For this training, farmers will cover different topics each week and will learn practical and technical skills in agriculture as well as business and marketing. Each session will have approximately 30 farmers who will learn via Powerpoint presentations and face-to-face interactions. During these sessions, farmers are able to ask detailed questions and get answers from technically capable trainers. It will also facilitate peer-to-peer learning which is invaluable as sharing experiences helps with problem-solving within Saint Lucia’s various micro-climates.
These training sessions have even piqued the interest of several local hoteliers and they have requested that they participate in the farmer training. This will do two things:
– Introduce many of the farmers to the hotel purchasing managers in order to forge local market linkages to aid in our goal of increased local supply to hotels
– Create awareness of what hotels want and the standard of quality expected of the local farmers
Besides the Hotels, the purchasing officers from Saint Lucia’s major supermarket chain, Massy Stores, will also be in attendance and have expressed interest in the training. For each class, farmers will be provided with writing material and printed documents that they can review after the end of the sessions.
Below is a breakdown of the topics to be covered under that training over the six-week period.