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Taiwan provides new greenhouse techniques and develops human capacity in banana industry

By Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Saint Lucia

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Taiwanese Technical Mission in Saint Lucia continues to Build and Develop the Human Capacity in the Local Banana Industry.

(PRESS RELEASE) – Taiwan provided new type of greenhouse cultivation techniques for farmers in St. Lucia to produce fruits and vegetables.

The Enhancement of the Efficiency of Production-Distribution Supple Chains in the Fruit and Vegetable Sector Project under Taiwan Technical Mission held the demonstration day of “the hoop greenhouse “ with the research department of Ministry of Agriculture.

In order to assist the farmers to stabilize the production of fruits and vegetables throughout the year, it is necessary to improve the long term impact of strong winds in the rainy season on crop production, and also to produce fruits and vegetables to match market demand. Taiwan Technical Mission in St. Lucia introduced the hoop greenhouse technology from Taiwan, and held a demonstration day on the demonstration farm of the Mission in Union on November 21 Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The extension officers from every regions of the Ministry of Agriculture were the seed teachers mainly involved in the training, so that the they can strengthen their new agricultural cultivation techniques to serve the vast number of farmers.

In the future, Taiwan Technical Mission in St. Lucia will guide the extension officers to establish hoop greenhouse demonstration farms in each agriculture regions. It is easier for farmers from different agriculture regions to learn and observe how to set up a hoop greenhouse and the cultivation management with it. In order to let farmers receive relevant information more quickly, the Ministry of Agriculture also invited the media to interview and witness the historic moment when the hoop greenhouse was first opened in St. Lucia.

The head of the mission, Mario, emphasized : The main reason Taiwan Technical Mission imported the hoop greenhouse is to provide an affordable greenhouse for the farmers in Saint Lucia to reduce the risk of producing fruits and vegetables during raining season, meanwhile increase the ability of stabilizing their production and income.

Specialist Eric Chen said: “Hoop greenhouse has been used for a long time in Taiwan, it is mainly based on the cultivation of cantaloupe. It can not only prevent the fruits getting rotten from the heavy rain, but also improve yield and quality, we hope that the hoop greenhouse will help the farmers in Saint Lucia. ”

Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia will keep cooperating with the Ministry of Agriculture, they will set up two hoop greenhouse demonstration farms in each agricultural region, trying to produce the best possible results, please look forward to having fresh and delicious local fruits and vegetables every day during the rainy season in the future.

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