Farmers learn techniques to improve local farms

farmersTechniques on how to improve local farms to combat the resilience of natural disasters on agricultural products are being taught to over 100 farmers.

The trainings, which got underway Tuesday, are being held in various communities around the island and are targeting crop and livestock production.

The Division of Agriculture is undertaking the session, which forms part of the Fair Trade Organization’s Risk Mitigation Project.

Thirty farmers participated in the training session in La Plaine on Tuesday.

Technical officer in the Division of Agriculture Winston Magloire said a plan to implement a disaster risk management within the agriculture sector will also be formulated.

“We are encouraging farmers to implement action and activities at the farm level that will improve the resilience of the farm to disasters,” he explained.

Magloire said some of the actions include the constructions of of wind breakers, drains, the use of mulching systems and fertilizers which will improve the capacity of farms to reduce the impact of disasters.

“We are also providing proper guidance. We had some demonstrations so that the new and older farmers can gain the expertise,” he further explained.

On Wednesday another group of 30 farmers from the Central and South Agricultural regions will also be trained.

A first training session was held last week in Portsmouth for 45 farmers of the West, North and North east agricultural regions.

At the end of the exercise, a total of 105 farmers will be trained with five demonstration plots established, according to Magloire.

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13 Comments

  1. john
    September 18, 2013

    Dominican farmers should start coffee cultivation it is a good money crop especially with the price of coffee on the world market today 5 lbs. of Folgers coffee at Wall Mart in the US is now over $8.00 US dollars and higher at other grocery stores in the US Dominican’s should come out with their own brand of coffee for export is that being done already?

  2. Tumble, Back Kick
    September 18, 2013

    Answer- Good move, but as usual the devil is always in the details, tecnical officer? This man has the knowledge and experience to give extension officers classes so they can do those seminars to teach farmers, but no, nepotism as usual, positions are only for the yes men and family. That’s why agriculture and everything else is going backwards. Professionals here don’t really have a future unless they sell their soul, and that is past sad. Where is the real motivation? Toneh man.

  3. real possie
    September 18, 2013

    Dominicans i want u to take note the ones that say they have your interest at heart take note go two stories down it’s fifty-two comments,here it is great initiative were taken to get u all trained to get back to your farms,comments should be at two hundred by now but its only nine, there’s a saying listen closely to people for they will reveal their bad intention.Had the heading say John Doe says government not doing any thing to get people trained to get back to farming they would advice u to vote them out but right now they not here cause thats not the heading.

  4. UDOHREADYET
    September 18, 2013

    They need is modern machinery to farm… Dominicans are still stuck on this ‘hand to ground, hand to mouth’ type of farming that eats away time and makes life difficult.

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2013

      Dominica,s topography an landscape makes it impossible for modern machinery my dere

  5. BG
    September 18, 2013

    I agree with Jokes.

  6. TAINTED
    September 18, 2013

    I am saddened when I read the figure here!! ONE HUNDRED FARMERS. We are an agricultural island. Agriculture is what built this island. Back in the days we all envied the farmers!!! Why you may asked not only did they work hard but they owned the best and biggest house, they bought the best and most expensive vehicles their children went to the best schools they literally ran DOMINICA. Today we have people believing that farming is a poor mans job. We need to get back to reality and educate our people. Do you know how much people pay people just to have someone come to their yards to plant only flowers in the states? hundreds. Farming has helped at least 80% of Dominicans and it sure is sad that today we still think it’s a poor mans job. We need to revive the Banana/farming industry in DOMINCA our nature isle. I for one miss those days of milk and honey!!! Get us back on the market!!!!

    • Anonymous
      September 18, 2013

      so wht dont you come home an make your contribution

    • hmmm
      September 18, 2013

      COME BACK HOME

  7. Y Que!
    September 18, 2013

    I agree 100%

  8. jokes
    September 18, 2013

    Like Ross and All Saints… Dominica shouuld be home to a regional Agricultural University where farmers, agro processors and agribusiness people from all over the Caribbean and other regions can lean more about modern agriculture. Good soil, perfect weather, directly in the center of the Eastern Caribbean…This will benefit us in terms of tourism and agriculture.

    • HMMMM
      September 18, 2013

      :roll: :roll: :roll: REALLY!! WHAT U SAYING :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

    • real possie
      September 18, 2013

      Great point jokes.

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