(PRESS RELEASE) – On Monday February 25th 2020 extension officers were invited to a field day on the Taiwan technical Mission demonstration farm.
This activity was put together by the project’s production team Mr. Eric Chen (Production Specialist) and Mr. Edward Wilson (Technical Production Officer) following the initial set up of the hoop greenhouse which was established on February 06 2020. At this training extension officers where were able to observe the growth difference between plants inside the hoop greenhouse and that of which lies in the open field, citing that the growth rate in the hoop grossly exceeded that on the open field.
Now that the extension team has been trained in pruning techniques of honeydew & cantaloupe plants they now can go out and assist the farmers through the island. This technique will enable farmers to obtain uniformity in fruit sizes and improved fruit quality.
Following this training, The Taiwan Technical Mission is pleased to announce the establishment of the second demonstration hoop greenhouse in the small community of Grace, located in the south of the island. This set up was conducted on Wednesday February 2020 on the farm holding of Earl St. Marie who is a well-known farmer in the community.
With intervention from the Taiwan technical Mission, The production team comprising of Mr. Eric Chen who is the project’s production specialist, Mr. Edward Wilson (Technical Production Officer) and the extension team from region 5 demonstrated the installation of the technology (hoop greenhouse), farmers will also be invited to field days on the holding to go through agronomical practices such as pruning & fruit thinning. This off course is in collaboration with the Ministry Of Agriculture who are working closely with the Taiwan Technical Mission to assist farmers with their production & consistency issues under the seven crop import substitution project.
Below is a schedule of proposed dates for the hoop greenhouse set up in the different regions. Note that due to weather and other environmental limitations the dates are subject to change, so for more information contact the Taiwan Technical Mission at 1-758-450-2084.
Farmers Selected For Potential Demonstration Plots
|Name||Location||Region||Tentative Set Up Dates||Officer Attached|
|Earl St. Marie||Grace||5||26/03/2020||Marakaiah Auguste|
|Nelson Jn Baptiste||Blackbay||5||03/03/2020||Yancy Wilson|
|Marcus Gustave||Deraches||6||25/02/2020||Lincoln Prospere|
|Fletcher Joseph||Delsir||6||19/03/2020||Bron Lafellue|
|Francios Bisparte||La Resource||3||24/03/2020||Kishma Louis|
|Prentis Serieux||Richfond||3||23/03/2020||Kervin Mondesir|
|Azel Mangal||Foresterre||1&2||18/03/2020||Eva Doxilly|
|Theresea Emmanuel||Gros Islet||1&2||17/03/2020||Demma Jacobie|
|Christopher Cox||Varnad||7||Completed||Aaron Donnavan|
|Owen Dornelly||Roseau||7||02/03/2020||Aaron Donnavan|
|Cuthbert Phillip||Ferrands||8||12/03/2020||Natasha Edgar|
|Elvis Herelle||Deglos||8||11/03/2020||Yvonne Francis|