Tai­wan Ba­nana Ex­pert Brings New Tech­nol­ogy

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Over the past two months, Tai­wan Tech­ni­cal Mis­sion in Saint Lu­cia, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, has been dis­sem­i­nat­ing a wide range of new ba­nana tech­nolo­gies to lo­cal farm­ers via the Ba­nana Pro­duc­tiv­ity Im­prove­ment Project (BPIP). Over­all, 17 work­shops cov­er­ing eight agri­cul­tural re­gions were held and 470 farm­ers have ben­e­fit­ted from BPIP. The work­shops were con­ducted by Tai­wan ba­nana ex­pert Mr. John­son Wu and Saint Lu­cian project man­ager Mr. Kerde Sev­erin.

The new tech­nolo­gies thus in­tro­duced in­clude ba­nana pro­duc­tion, ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems, soil nu­tri­tion, dis­ease and pest con­trol, drainage, seedling man­age­ment, fer­til­izer ap­pli­ca­tion as well as new­est agri­cul­tural prac­tices. They are all im­por­tant tools for lo­cal farm­ers in­ter­ested in start­ing a ba­nana busi­ness.

Head of the mis­sion Mr. Mario Cheng em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of build­ing a sus­tain­able ba­nana sup­ply chain in Saint Lu­cia, which can not only stim­u­late eco­nomic growth of Saint Lu­cia but also boost the in­come, em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity and food se­cu­rity of thou­sands of house­holds in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. The mis­sion will con­tinue to work closely with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture to fur­ther en­hance the ca­pa­bil­ity of lo­cal farm­ers.

To date, over 250 field tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sory ser­vices have been con­ducted, over 30 drainage fa­cil­i­ties, 40,000 seedlings, and train­ing for over 500 farm­ers have been in­tro­duced through BPIP. They have con­trib­uted tremen­dously to the com­pet­i­tive­ness of lo­cal farm­ers.

Lo­cal farm­ers get mod­ern, hands-on train­ing from Tai­wanese and lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

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