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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Agronomy Development Project (St. Kitts and Nevis)
Project Description:

In cooperation with St. Kitts and Nevis’ Ministry of Agriculture and in response to government land policies and the decline of the sugar industry in the country, this project will seek to develop other cash crops.
Overall, this project will:

  1. Operate trials of sweet potato varieties such as Tainong No.57, No.66, No.69, AVRDC and Taoyuan No. 1, and select and propagate sweet potato seedlings.
  2. Organizing farmers’ production and marketing groups and provide them with guidance on field management; propagate and supply pineapple seedling to famers and assist them to control and regulate the ripening process.
  3. Preserve a stock of mother trees with which to conduct various seedling production and grafting operations at the demonstration farm.
  4. Plan, design and establish a new farm; establish a greenhouse for growing ornamental plants and propagating seedlings.

Agronomy Development Project (St. Kitts and Nevis)

Implementation Start Date: 2011/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2013/12/31
Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project Objectives:

The objectives of this project are:

  1. Import seedlings from Taiwan that are suited to St. Kitts and Nevis’ climate and environment and have market potential; establish a 4-hectare standardized demonstration farm at Newton Ground on which to propagate seedlings (3,000 fruit, 22,000 pineapple and 1,900 papaya seedlings).
  2. Select five import substitution crops (watermelon, sweet potato, bell peppers, peanuts and pineapples) and cultivate fine varieties of produce.
  3. Establish farmers’ organizations in the largest agricultural production area, Fahies, to assist farmers’ cultivation efforts and to establish production schedules.
  4. Organize 6-10 exhibitions and training sessions for the core group of farmers; promote and expand St. Paul and St. Peter as a professional cultivation area and introduce concepts such as smallholder loans, and production and marketing.
  5. Establish a consolidation center and organize four production and marketing groups to promote the operation of a production and marking chain.
  6. Increase the value of agricultural products for the benefit of farmers by establishing product brands and introducing a marketing system to sell produce to supermarkets.
  7. Establish and operate a production and marketing fund to support the transfer of the project.
Executing Agency:
  1. Taiwan Technical Mission in St. Kitts and Nevis
  2. Ministry of Agriculture (St. Kitts and Nevis)
Implementation Arrangement: Members of the Taiwan Technical Mission will provide technical assistance and assistance for capacity building.
Current Progress:

To the end of June 2013, the following activities have been completed:

  1. Cultivated imported, alternative crops over 5 acres in St. Kitts and cultivated watermelon, sweet potato, bell pepper, peanut and pineapple in Nevis with a total area of 32.8acres.
  2. Propagated 48,000 sweet potato seedlings, 33,600 pineapple seedlings.
  3. Assisted production and marketing groups to cultivate  14 acres of peanut, 44 acres of sweet potato,  18 acres of pineapple.
  4. Pruned6.8 acre of fruit trees and cultivated 14.4acre of crops and 6.3acres of vegetables.
  5. Participated in the Nevis and St. Kitts Agricultural Open Day.
  6. Provided training at the seedling center in St. Kitts and planned the demonstrated farm in Nevis.
Project Contact: Tseng Chao-hung, Cheng Shih-lung
Phone: 1-869-4652372
E-mail: tm.saintkitts.nevis@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits:
  1. This project will select and promote the cultivation of high-yield varieties of peanut.
  2. Improving yields of sweet potato to reach a self-sufficiency rate of 40 percent will increase revenues by US$139,500 per every 100 acres.
  3. The project is expected to propagate 2,000 fruit seedlings and 22,000 pineapple seedlings in 2012, yielding revenues of US$13,000.
  4. Assisting farmers to cultivate fruit trees will yield revenues of US$35,000.
  5. Promoting papaya cultivation will yield 89,100 lbs. of papaya worth US$132,000.
  6. Domestic production rates of sweet potato, pineapple, peanut, watermelon and bell pepper will reach to 13.5 percent, 13 percent, 12.6 percent, 12.5 percent and 26 percent as proportions of total imports, respectively.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Kitts and Nevis
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: St. Kitts and Nevis
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2013/11/25
  • Date Updated:2013/11/25