Agri­cul­ture Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Anew batch of agribusi­ness men and women from re­gions one and two be­came cer­ti­fied agric-en­trepreneurs af­ter com­plet­ing a five week train­ing pro­gramme jointly or­ga­nized by the Ex­ten­sion and Ad­vi­sory Ser­vices Di­vi­sion and the Agribusi­ness Devel­op­ment Unit of the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food Pro­duc­tion, Fish­eries, Co­op­er­a­tives and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment. The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ex­er­cises formed part of an on­go­ing pro­gramme of the agri­cul­tural sec­tor de­signed to equip farm­ers with the en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills needed to en­ter the world of com­pe­ti­tion. The train­ing pro­grammes cov­ered sub­ject ar­eas in agric-busi­ness devel­op­ment, pest and dis­ease man­age­ment and record keep­ing, among oth­ers. The train­ing seeks to get all farm­ers cer­ti­fied so that they are bet­ter able to man­age their farms and sup­ply a bet­ter qual­ity prod­uct to the mar­ket.

The newly cer­ti­fied agricbusi­ness men and women were ap­plauded for tak­ing on the chal­lenge of ca­pac­ity build­ing. The new grad­u­ates were re­minded of the im­por­tant role which they play in feed­ing the na­tion and in bring­ing food se­cu­rity to the lo­cal econ­omy. They were also en­cour­aged to use the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme as a spring­board to pro­pel their busi­nesses and the agri­cul­tural sec­tor in the right di­rec­tion.

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