Extension Officers retrained in the Farmer Field School(FFS) approach for potato season outreach trainings

Technical Extension Officer Keian Stephenson conducting training

On Friday, January 12, extension officers from all agricultural regions of the island met at the Roseau Fisheries Complex for a one-day refresher training in Farmer Field School approach.

 The Farmer Field School is a multi-pronged, hands-on operation that aims to guide growers through the crop season in real time. The objective of this arm of the program is for the various officers to return to their respective districts and, utilizing both theory and practical application, teach farmers best practices for the chosen crop by taking them through the crop cycle.

White Potato National Coordinator  Delroy Williams stated that though Farmer Field School has focused on other crops in the past, they are “perfectly timed” to focus on white potatoes at the moment.

 Williams co-facilitated the one-day training along with Technical Extension Officer Keian Stephenson.

 When asked how the program will benefit farmers in his area, Eastern Agricultural Officer Asha Burton expressed that through this training, growers will have a demonstrable understanding of the crop’s viability (or lack thereof) in that particular region.

 He encouraged all farmers interested in this intensive to reach out to their various agricultural officers.

 Specifically, he suggested that the farmers in his region (East)  visit Castle Bruce or Gullet River Agriculture offices.

 Farmer Field School trainings will start this week in all agricultural regions and will be held throughout the crop cycle, up to the sale and purchase of the crop.


Training participants



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  1. Left the mourn
    January 15, 2024

    Dominica has a very high rate of diabetes and potatoes whether white, red or what we still call Irish potatoes is very high in the starch that turns into sugar and as a result diabetics should avoid potatoes. Unfortunately that’s the slow poison they have been pushing in Dominica the last five years which results in more diabetes, more amputation, more blindness, more strokes, more death etc.
    What makes it even worse these potatoes they pushing is not for export but for local consumption. Skerrit’s implementation of potatoes, ham and turkey will just increase diabetes and hypertension and next thing we hearing is he/ she left the mourn

    • PM
      January 17, 2024

      That’s why I don’t eat any food Skerrit cook!!! Next thing you know they calling me prime minister!

    • Pat
      January 17, 2024

      They still haven’t figured out how to grow, wait for it…… . garlic.
      Go figure that one out.

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