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Ministry of Agriculture and Taiwan Technical Mission collaborate

In the Farmer Field School Approach

On Wednesday 16th May, over 25 farmers from Agricultural Region One accompanied by officers of the Ministry of Agriculture and members of the Taiwan Technical Mission visited the Orange Hill farm.

In his welcome remarks chief Lee of the Taiwan Mission said the Mission continues to collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture as part of the policy framework of the Government of St Vincent to support farmers in vegetable production. The facilities at Orange Hill will be the incubation and demonstration center in conjunction with the Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) training programmes through this year, to drive the technological approach to improve farm productivity thereby reducing importation of vegetables. Remarks also came from Leroy Jackson the officer with the responsibility of supervising Agricultural Region one.

During the day’s session Mr. Percy Pan a member of the Taiwan Technical Mission gave a presentation on compost making where he outlined the benefits of composting as it relates to vegetable production. His presentation was followed by that of Mr. Gustavo Huang another member of the local Taiwan Technical Mission who lectured the farmers on vegetable production with emphasis on sweet pepper. He emphasized that the shade house facilities at Orange Hill Farm will be used to train farmers so as to allow them to produce vegetables comparable to those imported.  The final presentation on the day was made by Gale Da Silva an officer of the Ministry of Agriculture attached to the farm. He discussed with farmers the topic cooperative marketing. The officer looked at the principles and benefits of cooperative marketing and urge farmers to get involve in cooperative marketing but they should assess the pros and cons before arriving at a decision.  There was an interaction between farmers and Mr. Lenford Sampson who is the vice chairperson of the Rabacca Farmers Fruits and Vegetables Organisation, Sampson was able to share with the farmers his experience working with the group over the years.

A tour of the farm was then conducted where farmers were taken to the vegetable seedling nursery, the composting house and were exposed to vegetable crops produced under the shade houses. These activities were centered around the 3 major components of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development project presently ongoing at the farm. These include the production of healthy vegetable seedlings, the production of vegetables for import substitution and the establishment of a sustainable agricultural marketing system.

The Farmer Field School activity is the first of its kind here and will be open regularly to farmers and farmers group in St Vincent and the Grenadines as requested.

The Farmer Field School was developed in the late 1980’s by the FAO in South East Asia as a way for small-scale rice farmers to investigate and learn for themselves the skills required for and the benefits to be obtained from adopting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in their fields.

The approach evolved from the concept that optimum learning is derived from experience and observations. This approach integrates the domains of ecology and non- formal education to give farmers the opportunity to learn about their crops, to share experiences and to learn from each other. It involves learning by doing, capacity building for informed decision making thus improving their existing practices through experiential learning process leading towards sustainable agriculture production.

In general the Farmer Field School approach aims to empower farmers with the knowledge and skills to make them experts in their own fields, making their farms profitable and sustainable through critical thinking and decision making. It is an approach designed to develop among the farmer’s new ways of thinking and problem solving and how to organise themselves for greater outcomes. The four major principles of a farmer field school are: (1) grow a healthy crop (2) observe fields regularly (3) conserve natural enemies and (4) understand the ecology and become experts in field.

The Ceremony of Handing Over and Official Opening of the Agricultural Cooperation Projects
post date:2011-3-25



台灣駐聖文森技術團與泛美洲農業合作研究所(Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture,IICA)共同合作,協助由IICA組織的聖文森婦女團體成立蔬菜育苗場,生產蔬菜苗供應農民。
IICA 4月22日於聖文森辦理年度工作成果發表會時指出,「聖文森鄉村婦女生產網絡班」(SVGNRWP)班員平日生產蔬菜時需要蔬菜苗,為協助婦女班員能有低 價及穩定供應的蔬菜苗,於是IICA邀請台灣駐聖文森技術團提供技術指導,協助婦女班員成立自有的蔬菜育苗場,以利聖文森婦女生產蔬菜。
在 2009年11月,台灣駐聖文森技術團與IICA共同舉辦2場講習會,向婦女班班員解說生產蔬菜苗的基本技術,以及不同蔬菜苗有不同的育苗方式等。接著, 針對有意願的婦女班員,台灣技術團則幫助她們建立自己所屬的育苗場,包括材料規格、設計、安裝的整個流程。
同時,為鼓勵婦女班班員,技術團也免費 提供此地缺乏有關資材,如遮蔭網、透明塑膠布等。台灣技術團、IICA及婦女班經過數個月的共同努力,第一座由聖國婦女班班員Mrs. Patricia Thomas成立的蔬菜育苗場,預計於4月底將正式完工啟用。這項成果代表我技術團積極與國際組織合作,協助聖文森發展農業及協助鄉村婦女生產蔬菜。
IICA 為該區域重要農業組織,主要目的在協助會員國農業發展及提昇農村人口福利,會員國包括美、加、加勒比海及中南美洲各國約30餘國。

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駐 聖文森技術團與聖文森農業部於2月16日在桔山農場舉辦南瓜觀摩會。參加來賓包括農部第三區推廣站主任Donowa Jackson、駐團輔導成立的西瓜產銷班副班長Lenford Sampson及60位農民與學生參加。駐團希望藉由此次觀摩會,向聖國農民推廣南瓜種植及栽培管理技術。
駐團亦邀請西瓜產銷班副班長Lenford Sampson在會中說明農藥的種類及使用方式,並以西瓜班的成功經驗為例,介紹農民組織產銷班的益處,例如可藉農民彼此互助合作的力量共同採購種苗、資材等以減少成本,並可開發市場共同銷售,提高產值等。

1.來賓西瓜產銷班副班長Lenford Sampson向與會農民說明。


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