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Project Name: Fruit and Vegetable Demonstration and Extension Project (St. Lucia)
Project Description:

    St. Lucia imports a relatively high volume of agricultural produce, mainly due to advances in the country’s tourist sector. With around a million tourists visiting St. Lucia annually, there is great demand for such produce.

    Project appraisal for this project identified a number of reasons for St. Lucia’s low domestic agricultural output: (1) farmers’ crop cultivation and management skills are in need of upgrading; (2) a lack of integrated production and marketing mechanisms; and (3) a lack of high-quality seedlings of good varieties.

    In assisting St. Lucia to raise yields of locally produced fruits and vegetables, the main components of this project will include: (1) guiding farmers in the use of simple facilities and the principles of crop cultivation, thereby improving field cultivation and management techniques throughout St. Lucia’s eight extension region; (2) conducting related agricultural training workshops and demonstrations, thereby strengthening capacity building among extension officer and farmers; and (3) by using demonstration as the principle means of promoting extension work, streamlining and promoting the extension of certain key crops.

    Specific project work components will include: (1) introducing high-quality varieties for cultivation and demonstration, and drafting cultivation manuals; (2) propagating high-quality fruit tree seedlings for extension to farmers; (3) demonstrating the cultivation of tropical fruits and major vegetables under extension; (4) extending fruit and vegetable cultivation over 140 hectares; (5) establishing three model demonstration plots; (6) organizing 18 training workshops and field training programs; (7) organizing four agriculture production and marketing groups; (8) building six composting demonstration sheds and providing guidance to farmers; (9) organizing four Farmer Field Schools; and (10) building capacity in counterpart St. Lucian units.

Fruit and Vegetable Demonstration and Extension Project (St. Lucia)

Implementation Start Date: 2011/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2015/12/31
Approval Amount: US$2,020,000
Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project Objectives:

The objectives of this project are:

  1. Establish three demonstration fields in extension areas and hold four Farmer Field School events; organize four production and marketing groups and provide 18 technical training courses to enhance farmers’ know-how and practices.
  2. Provide extension services for selected crops, raising yields over 140 hectares for production worth US$2,008,779.
  3. Build six composting facilities and transfer associated skills, assisting farmers to reduce their reliance on chemical fertilizers and develop organic approaches to agriculture.
Executing Agency:
  1. Taiwan Technical Mission in St. Lucia
  2. Extension Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production, Fisheries and Rural Development (Saint Lucia)
Implementation Arrangement:

The local Taiwan Technical Mission will assist the partner country to implement the project.

Current Progress:

To the end of December 2015, the following activities have been completed:

In 2011:

  1. Demonstrated fruit orchard cultivation over 2 hectares and vegetable cultivation over 0.3 hectares (multiple cropping) at Union demonstration farm.
  2. Extended fruit and vegetable cultivation over 48.65 hectares for a production value of US$556,444 (EC$1,502,400).
  3. Produced a total of 5,650 seedlings (550 wax apple seedlings, 350 Indian jujube seedlings, 1,750 guava seedlings and 3,000 dragon fruit seedlings) for distribution to farmers and the general public for further cultivation.
  4. Conducted three training workshops, one field day and eight student visits at Union demonstration farm for a total of 330 trainees; conduct four training workshops in extension regions.
  5. Trained counterpart St. Lucian units working at Union demonstration farm in fruit tree seedling propagation techniques; and seedling nursery management and pre-cultivation acclimatization.
  6. Provided guidance on the establishment of demonstration plots in Extension Region 3; constructed three composting demonstration sheds; organized two Farmer Field Schools; organized one agricultural production and marketing group, carrying out extension work with 120 farmers.

In 2012:

  1. Demonstrated fruit orchard cultivation over 2 hectares and vegetable cultivation over 0.3 hectares (multiple cropping) at Union demonstration farm.
  2. Extended fruit and vegetable cultivation over 40.1 hectares for a production value of US$482,370 (EC$1,302,400).
  3. Produced a total of 7,500 seedlings (5,000 wax apple seedlings, 500 Indian jujube seedlings and 2,000 guava seedlings) for distribution to farmers and the general public for further cultivation.
  4. Conducted four training workshops for a total of 447 trainees.
  5. Trained counterpart St. Lucian units working at Union demonstration farm in cultivation, irrigation and fertilization; integrated pest control and post-harvest handling; trimming/pruning; compost-making techniques; and cropping schedule planning and implementation.
  6. Provided guidance of the establishment of two demonstration plots in Extension Regions 5 and 6; constructed three composting demonstration sheds; organized one Farmer Field School; organized one new agricultural production and marketing group, carrying out extension work with 103 farmers.
  7. Organized a specialty Workshop on Agriculture Extension for the training of 16 cooperating extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture.
  8. Completed guava and watermelon cultivation training manuals.

In 2013:

  1. Demonstrated fruit orchard cultivation over 2 hectares and vegetable cultivation over 0.3 hectares (multiple cropping) at Union demonstration farm.
  2. Extended fruit and vegetable cultivation over 36.17 hectares for a production value of US$603,006 (EC$1,621,000).
  3. Produced a total of 5,000 seedlings (2,000 wax apple seedlings, 2,000 guava seedlings and 1,000 dragon fruit seedlings) for distribution to farmers and the general public for further cultivation.
  4. Conduct four training workshops on the cultivation of vegetables and papaya, and on compost making.
  5. Trained counterpart St. Lucian units working at Union demonstration farm in arranging cultivation schedules; analyzing the cost-effectiveness of fruit orchard and vegetable production; on-farm human resources management; the operation and maintenance of farming machinery and equipment; farm financial management; farm risk assessment and management; farm-related data collection and analysis; the preparation, planning and organization of workshops and field days; and the compilation of fruit and vegetable crop cultivation training manuals.
  6. Provided guidance on crop cultivation at three demonstration plots in extension regions; organized one Farmer Field School; organized one new agricultural production and marketing group in Extension Region 6.
  7. Provided guidance at the composting demonstration sheds, producing 60,000 kg of organic compost for use.
  8. Completed tomato and wax apple cultivation training manuals.

In 2014:

  1. Demonstrated fruit orchard cultivation over 2 hectares and vegetable cultivation over 0.45 hectares (multiple cropping) at Union demonstration farm.
  2. Extended fruit and vegetable cultivation over 33.01 hectares for a production value of US$543,449 (EC$1,460,900).
  3. Produced a total of 3,300 seedlings (1,000 wax apple seedlings, 300 Indian jujube seedlings, 1,000 guava seedlings and 1,000 dragon fruit seedlings) for distribution to farmers and the general public for further cultivation.
  4. Conducted 4 training workshops.
  5. Trained counterpart St. Lucian units working at Union demonstration farm in arranging cultivation schedules; analyzing the cost-effectiveness of fruit orchard and vegetable production; and the preparation, planning and organization of training workshops and field days; the management of human resource,equipment,and materials.
  6. Provided technical guidance to the project’s current three agricultural production and marketing groups, and organized a fourth production and marketing group within Extension Region 5 during May, so as to improve production skills and carry out joint production, distribution and marketing.
  7. Provided guidance at the composting demonstration sheds, producing 50,000 kg of organic compost for use.
  8. Completed a sweet pepper cultivation training manual and dragon fruit cultivation training manual.

In 2015:

  1. Demonstration fruit orchard cultivation over 0.5 hectares, like tomato, cabbage, broccoli, dwarf beans, Chinese cabbage and radishes.
  2. Produced a total of 3,000 seedlings, like guava, wax, and dragon fruit.
  3. Completed 2 training workshop of papaya.

Project Contact: Ken Hua Chang
Phone: 886-2-2873-2323 Ext.218
E-mail: k.h.chang@icdf.org.tw
Project Type: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Projected Benefits:
  1. The project will provide technical assistance to St. Lucian farmers to raise both output and quality of tropical fruits and vegetables, and to reduce production costs and increase income. This should reduce agricultural imports and foreign exchange expenditure by 10 percent and increase equivalent production by up to US$2,008,779.
  2. Providing farming groups with technical assistance for crop production and marketing will be an effective means of increasing farmers’ income and improving the economy in rural areas.
  3. Building compost facilities and transferring associated skills will assist farmers to reduce their reliance on chemical fertilizers and develop organic approaches to agriculture.
  4. The project will build capacity among St. Lucian stakeholders, and the project will then be handed over to St. Lucian authorities by the end of 2014.
Mission: Taiwan Techical Mission in Saint Lucia
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Caribbean, St. Lucia
Themes: Agriculture
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date Updated:2016/1/20