Protected Agriculture “the way of the future” declares a farmer

As part of CARDI’s ongoing efforts to assist with the development of the Protected Agriculture (PA) industry in Trinidad and Tobago, the CARDI Country Office in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI) hosted a series of training workshops, entitled “Techniques to Improve Protected Agriculture Productivity in Trinidad and Tobago“, targeting producers and key stakeholders within the sector.

Mr. Rowe (LEFT) as he explains the use of fertilizers to participants

Mr. Rowe (LEFT) as he explains the use of fertilizers to participants

These workshops sought to enhance participants’ skills and training in the principles and practices of PA technology through lectures and practical demonstrations in areas such as housing design and erection, in-house climate management, fertigation management, production techniques and marketing.

Glen Rochford, a greenhouse farmer from the Santa Cruz/La Pastora area said though he has been a traditional farmer for thirty years, ‘the protected agriculture system is the way of the future‘, for ‘it allows you to ensure a return on your investment; it provides farmers with a viable option who do not have land space for open field agriculture. It is the best way to go‘.

Derrick, another participant and PA farmer said ‘this training programme has proven to be most beneficial and interesting as it will enable me to properly operate my greenhouse; it will help me to fine tune and improve on my current performance’.

A total of sixty (60) persons attended the workshops during the period:

  • 22-23 and 29-30 September 2014 at the UWI Field Station, Mount Hope, Trinidad
  • 25-26 September 2014 at the Botanic Station, Scarborough, Tobago
The facilitator was Mr. Jervis Rowe, a Jamaican national and President of the Jamaican Greenhouse Growers Association since 2008. He is a practicing greenhouse businessman who has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of Protected Agriculture.

The facilitator was Mr. Jervis Rowe, a Jamaican national and President of the Jamaican Greenhouse Growers Association since 2008. He is a practicing greenhouse businessman who has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of Protected Agriculture.

The participants included private farmers and representatives from the Ministry of Food Production, Ministry of Education, the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), students from the University of Trinidad and Tobago and University of the West Indies St Augustine Campus and private sector companies.

This activity is part of a project being implemented by CARDI and UWI and funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

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