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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Agro-tourism Demonstration Farm Cooperation Project (St. Kitts and Nevis)
Project Description: To satisfy the need to develop various industries in St. Kitts and Nevis and to promote tourism, this project will enhance agricultural development through production, processing and tourism business management at an agro-tourism demonstration farm.

Overall, this project will:

  1. Establish a Project Management Committee (PMC).
  2. Design landscaping and functional buildings.
  3. Commercialize operating systems.
  4. Develop human resources through capacity building.

Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm Co-operation Project

Implementation Start Date: 2011/3/10
Implementation End Date: 2014/3/9
Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project Objectives:

The objectives of this project are:

  1. Cultivate crops that can be used for tourism-related activities, with income generated from related products and services providing at least 25 percent of the project’s annual budget once commercial operations have commenced.
  2. Design a 5-scales questionnaire to elicit feedback (at least 4.2 scales) from visitors about their experience at the Agro-tourism Demonstration Farm.
  3. Provide training, aiming to facilitate full employment for all trainees, with one-third of trainees establishing their own agribusinesses and the remaining trainees finding self-sufficient work on farms or elsewhere.
  4. Incorporate alternative energy systems into the farm site so that at least 20 percent of energy consumed at the site is provided by renewable sources.
  5. Within five years of the opening of the farm site, establish two agro-tourism businesses that can operate by replicating the project as a model.
  6. Increase profits derived from the farm’s commercial systems by 10 percent year on year in the three years leading up to post-evaluation, breaking even (accounting for the US$2.8 million capital investment contributed by the Taiwanese government) within six years of the project being handed over to local stakeholders.
Executing Agency:
  1. Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in St. Kitts and Nevis
  2. TaiwanICDF Project Manager
  3. Project Management Committee (PMC) (St. Kitts and Nevis)
Implementation Arrangement: The TaiwanICDF project manager and technicians will provide technical assistance and assistance for capacity building.
Current Progress: To the end of Septembr 2012, the following activities have been completed:
  1. Completed the basic design and detailed drawings of all construction work and functional buildings.
  2. Assisted the government of St. Kitts and Nevis to hire an architect and a landscape architect.
  3. Completed the majority of greenhouse construction (will be completed in November).
  4. Completed application procedures for acquiring a construction permit.
  5. Leased heavy machinery from private company.
  6. Established a 1.99 hectare DIY and sweet potato nursery garden.
  7. Maintained all nursery gardens.
  8. Established a 0.1 hectare nursery garden.
  9. Greened the site by planting trees.
Project Manager: Lin Chun-heng
Phone: 1869-7601276
E-mail: atdf.saintkitts.nevis@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits:
  1. Establish administrative and commercial management and development systems at the farm and increase full- and part-time employment in neighboring areas.
  2. Design the Master Plan and landscaping at the farm so as to operate and manage agro-systems in the Cropping Area for Demonstration, with supplies of cultivated crops being used for tourism-related activities. Income generated from related products and services should provide at least 25 percent of the project’s annual budget once commercial operations have commenced.
  3. Agro- and eco-education activities and the botanical garden, ecological basin and multifunctional greenhouse will allow visitors to identify with the farm’s core values and encourage local students to gain a passion for native ecology and conservation. Relics from the sugar industry placed at the site will allow visitors to appreciate the economic, cultural, agricultural and historical development of St. Kitts and Nevis, thereby making the farm a landmark for education and a venue for studying the natural environment. A 5-scales questionnaire to elicit feedback(at least 4.2 scales)from visitors about their experience at the Agro-tourism Demonstration Farm will be designed as part of the project.
  4. Provide modern skills training to young farmers: The farm will be a working agricultural and management training facility, providing space for practicing young farmers to learn about agricultural operations. Upon the completion of the Tourist Activities Center, trainees will also be trained in various aspects of the hospitality industry. Young farmers will have the opportunity to gain know-how of crop production and upgrade the quality of services. By providing training, the aim will be to facilitate full employment for all trainees, with one-third of trainees establishing their own agribusinesses and the remaining trainees finding self-sufficient work on farms or elsewhere.
  5. The project will emphasize and promote “green agriculture,” “green energy” and “green tourism” by integrating concepts such as ecosystems, solar energy and sustainable utility. Incorporating alternative energy systems into the farm site should provide at least 20 percent of energy consumed via renewable sources.
  6. The project will upgrade traditional production industries by extending into related tourism-oriented operations, with buildings and space at the farm providing the infrastructure to facilitate tourism development and integration with St. Kitts and Nevis’ basic industrial system. This all-new, comprehensive farm will assist in the upgrading of agribusinesses from production through to the provision of agriculture-related services. Within five years of the opening of the farm site, two agro-tourism businesses that can operate by replicating the project as a model will be established.
  7. To ensure the sustainability of management systems, the Taiwanese government will dispatch experts to provide, share and transfer their management knowledge, techniques and experience during various project phases, as well as establish standard operating procedures for management systems. Profits derived from the farm’s commercial systems will increase by 10 percent year on year in the three years leading up to post-evaluation, breaking even (accounting for the US$2.8 million capital investment contributed by the Taiwanese government) within six years of the project being handed over to local stakeholders.
Cooperating Stakeholders: Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Tourism
Cooperating Country: St. Kitts and Nevis
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2012/8/14
  • Date Updated:2012/11/16