Sustainable Development Ministry to embark on solar drying initiative

By Ministry of Sustainable Development

Bethia Thomas.

PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology remains committed to its mandate of promoting the use of renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency in Saint Lucia.

The Government of Saint Lucia has received financial support for achieving this from the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the Sustainable Energy from Concept to Action Project and is steadily working towards meeting a number of its targets.

One important component of this project is a series of trainings on the application of solar drying. These trainings will focus on (1) solar dryer construction and (2) the use and application of the process of solar drying.

In an attempt to decentralise, the Ministry will be hosting two training sessions, one in the north and the other in the south of the island respectively.

To this end, the Ministry wishes to extend a special invitation to local agro-processors, entrepreneurs, farmers, carpenters, joiners and other interested persons from the north of the island, to a one-day training in solar drier construction on November 18th, 2014 at the Tissue Culture Lab/Orchid Gardens Conference Room, Union, from 9:00a.m and a follow-up two-day training in solar drying techniques on November 25th-26th 2014 at the aforementioned location.

Similarly the southern component will take place on November 20th and December 02nd – 3rd, 2014 at the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC), Vieux Fort Industrial Estate.

Please note that you are kindly asked to walk with construction tools where possible, for the first training and with fruits for drying for the subsequent workshop.

Given that this is very useful, free training that is intended to assist agro-processors in improving their business or gaining a new skill, we urge them to take advantage of the opportunity.

For further information and to confirm your attendance, please contact Mrs. Bethia Daniel-Thomas of the Energy, Science and Technology Section at 451-8746 or [email protected]

We look forward to working together to advance sustainable energy in Saint Lucia.

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