Techniques 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.