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Advanced technical training for 60 dasheen farmers

first_img Tweet Share The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) Thursday teamed up with the Ministry of Agriculture, Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) and Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to host a one-day training for sixty (60) dasheen farmers at the La Plaine Agriculture Center.The farmers, who are registered with DEXIA’s Production Support Programme, received technical training in General Production, Pest Management and Post-Harvest of Dasheen.The seminar was funded from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), Agriculture Policy Programme (APP) Caribbean Action.Although farmers have been cultivating the crop for decades this training will seek to equip them with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to produce the quality of dasheen that today’s markets demand, increase the productivity of the crop, and reduce the cost of production for the farmer. Facilitator Dr. Gregory Robin said he will be presenting on dasheen productivity as “it is not really the cultural practices, but more the factors”.These factors include “the agro-ecological zone, climate, soil type, rainfall, the different varieties and how they interact with the soils to give you the kind of potential yields, farmer management practices in general and how they impact on the productivity”.Dr Robin advised the farmers that the area where they plant the crop has implications for its yield and maturity. “Also let the marketing people know that they cannot have blanket yields or user yields and think they are going to make projections on it and be correct.He further stated, “root crops specifically, have variation in yield based on where they are planted, the time they are planted. So it is more of a quasi-scientific presentation of what the farmers are doing”.One of the participants of the training, Bernard Bruno told members of the press, the workshop will prove to be important because there are so many challenges in the farming and production of dasheen to include “pest, weather condition and inputs”.He however admitted that a lot of emphasis is now being place on dashed since the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has come on board.Bruno added that although there is a good market for dasheens, more should to assist farmers when there is a glut on the market. “There was once when the price went down as low as seventy cents per pound; at that price it is no benefit to the farmer,” he said.The farmers were encouraged by CARDI Dominica’s representative Dorian Ettiene to apply the knowledge that they receive from the workshop. “You will be exposed to knowledge, knowledge that if you apply it, it will improve your production and your productivity,” Mr Ettiene said.– / 10 264 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img LocalNews Advanced technical training for 60 dasheen farmers by: Dominica Vibes News – April 9, 2015 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img

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