Northern Agricultural District Hosts Farmers and Extension Officers from Western District

Monday, September 9, 2019 12:12 PM- George's, Grenada
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Ministry of Agriculture and Lands –September 9th 2019,In an effort to encourage knowledge sharing among farmers and extension officers, the Northern District of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, hosted officials and farmers from the Western District on Thursday 29th August 2019. 

The exchange visit was organized by the Extension Division of the North, which allowed participants to visit three sites: The Diamond Chocolate Estate, Farms of Mr. Denrick Charles of Waltham St. Mark and Stephen Lewis of Chantimelle St. Patrick.

The initiative, which was held for the first time for this year, provided a platform for Agricultural Officers and farmers alike to be engaged on important matters involving the sector. 

“This is wonderful, I really appreciate the thought and activity today. It is important to share ideas and to experience different farms and their techniques. I think it is a good exercise,” said Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Hon. Yolande Bain Horsford.” 

The participants got to understand the different stages of production of chocolate at the Diamond Estate, understand the dynamics of soursop and short crop production.

“It was very informative, very interactive; the farmers in the Western district got to see the agricultural practices utilized by farmers from the north. It allows farmers to learn from other farmers,” said participant  Eamon Thomas, Extension officer with the Climate Smart and Rural Enterprise Development Project ( SAEP)” .

Assistant Extension officer with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Western Division Brenda Phillip also spoke highly of the session. 
“It gives farmers an opportunity to network with each other, explore the different geographic areas    to see what different farmers do.” 

The undertaking is  an educational initiative which allows participants to socialize said John Jogie, Extension officer for the North. “We want farmers to educate themselves along the line but at the same time we must socialize and interact with each other. There may be practices which may be learnt, that may be beneficial to another farmer on another holding.” 

Mr. Maximus Lazarus District Supervisor for the North spoke of the importance of having such undertaking and hopes that the event will become an annual one. 
“Farming is basically the oldest profession. Farmers don’t usually take a day to interact and socialize but there should be a day when farmers island wide take a day from the farming activities.” 

The day ended with a small get together at the Plains playing field in St. Patrick, where farmers and other members of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands were engaged in many social activities. 




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