The Market Access and Rural Enterprise Development Programme (MAREP) continues its initiative to train the various district Extension Officers attached to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The objective is to refresh the knowledge and skills of the staff to ensure that they are equipped to improve sustainable agriculture through technical support offerings to MAREP beneficiaries and in turn other farmers in Grenada – site visits and assessments for successful development of projects. The beneficiaries include individual farmers and producer groups engaged in the following activities: Crop Farming, Fishing, Livestock — Pig and small ruminants, Poultry, Bee Keeping and Irrigation.
The final training session for the quarter was on Wednesday, 16 September 2015, at the National Stadium.
The topic covered was Irrigation – Water Quality Management with subtopics such as:
- Water Supply for a Secure and Economically Viable Agriculture
- Water Quality
- Chemical Analysis of Irrigated Water
- Different types of Irrigation Systems – Furrow, “Fregat”, and Travelling Gun.
The participants at the closing ceremony heard remarks from Hon. Roland Bhola – Minister for Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries, & Environment; Mr Byron Campbell – Programme Manager of MAREP; Mr Randolph Shears – Chief Extension Officer; and Mr Kelly Patrick – Extension Coordinator.
Extension Officers were encouraged to appreciate the trainings given and to adopt the new strategies learned during their daily engagements with farmers in an effort to assist them in up-skilling themselves and their businesses.
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