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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Project for enhancing the efficiency of production-distribution supply chain in fruit and vegetable sector in St. Lucia
Project Description: From the restoration of diplomatic relations with Saint Lucia in 2007 to the present, the Taiwan Technical Mission in that country has used demonstration and promotional methods to successfully teach local farmers how to grow a diversity of fruit and vegetables. Currently, the Saint Lucia government has proposed a cooperative program with Taiwan to continue improving domestic agricultural capabilities and further promote agricultural development. Because Saint Lucia is heavily dependent on the tourism sector, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives is focused on how best to deliver locally grown produce to tourist hotels and supermarkets (official markets) as a way of achieving fruit and vegetable import substitution, reducing the level of imports for seven agricultural crops, while also allowing farmers to increase their income by selling more to official markets. This program seeks to enhance the efficacy of the production and marketing supply chain, by not only revitalizing the agricultural intelligence information system so that it collects data on the production and marketing of fruit and vegetables, but also by analyzing market demand for produce and helping farmers’ cooperatives plan growing seasons based on market demand. It also provides climate adaption, protected structure cultivation and post-harvest processing and packaging techniques, establishes stable channels to sell produce to official markets and assists farmers’ cooperatives develop a corporate-like production and marketing, thereby increasing the volume of produce sold by local farmers to official markets.

Implementation Start Date: 2019/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2021/11/20
Project Objectives: 1. Help farmers develop the ability to supply produce all year round
(1) Hold two production season regulation meetings per month based on produce production season and volume adjustment plans to help the two farmers’ cooperatives and 200 farmers adjust production plans.
(2) Help two farmers’ cooperatives draft and execute a production and sales plan.
(3) Provide guidance on climate adaptation cultivation technology, disease and pest prevention, rational use of fertilizer and pesticide use, techniques needed for production season regulation 24 times each year to reduce production risks faced by local farmers.
(4) Enhance demonstration and experimentation functions of Union Farm, including education and training, smart technology agriculture displays, product collection, packaging and cultivation test site.
(5) Establish local facility cultivation design and hold four field observation tours.
(6) Work with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives to promote a farmers’ certification system and hold technical workshop training courses (a total of five classes), with four courses a year held 20 times. Content will include production techniques, post-harvest processing techniques and cultivation production records.
(7) Enhance post-harvest processing techniques and establish fruit and vegetable packaging specifications and materials (three types) based on market demand
(8) Assist the Department of Agriculture to establish the concept for material supply cycle and prepare the implementation report on material control and sales each year.
2. Establish an agricultural intelligence information system based on farmers’ production of produce and official market demand
(1) Conduct an inventory and survey to determine market specification grades and sales distribution ratios for the seven crops in target markets (hotels and supermarkets)’
(2) Work with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives to promote a farmers’ registration system and revitalize the agricultural intelligence information system. This will include data on volume of fruit and vegetables produced and supplied by farmers, official market demand and the establishment of a distribution mechanism.
(3) Train 20 extension officers to update fruit and vegetable production and supply volume on a weekly basis and establish an auditing mechanism to confirm the accuracy of data.
(4) Strengthen the connection between production and marketing in Saint Lucia, with the agricultural intelligence information system serving as a platform for production and marketing communications and with regular negotiations held. Before the program ends, monthly purchasing orders will be received from a supermarket chain and 16 hotels.
(5) Increase the visibility of locally grown produce through weekend fruit and vegetable markets and quality produce sections in supermarkets.
Executing Agency: 1.Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives
2.Taiwan Technical Mission in St. Lucia
Current Progress: To the end of June 2019, the following activities have been completed:
1. Hold two Stakeholder Production Scheduling meetings on June, a total of 13 meetings accumulated this year. Completed and received 475 forms of Farm baseline yield survey.
2. Provided vegetable and fruits seedlings for local farmers every month. Moreover, provided guidance including disease and pest management and how to use fertilizer and pesticide precisely twice a month, a total of 12 trainings accumulated this year.
3. Completed the experiment for comparing two varieties of watermelon with ground cover; two experiments of varieties and cultivation technology accumulated this year.
4. Hold two workshops to provide guidance including marketing, post-harvest processing, and off-season techniques twice a month. Four training workshops accumulated this year.
5. Provided advisory extension services on postharvest, processing and packaging technologies to 10 people per month, in total of 52 local farmers participated this year.
6. Assisted 25 farmers to join National Farmer Registration Program every month, in total of 150 farmers accumulated this year.
7. Hold a farmer’s market in the Union Orchid Garden this month, three times of farmers markets accumulated this year.
8. Collected agricultural information and provided market analysis data four times this year.
9. Hold buyer-seller negotiations to discuss monthly official market purchasing orders, with a total of 3 such meetings this year.
10. Arranged one visit for supermarket and hotel representatives to visit farmers’ fields as a way of fostering trust in locally grown produce this year.
Project Contact: Wei-chen Tsai
Phone: +886-2-28732323 Ext.215
E-mail: w.c.tsai@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits: Increase of 30 percent in volume of agricultural produce sold by Saint Lucian farmers to hotels and supermarkets
Mission: Taiwan Techical Mission in Saint Lucia
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Caribbean, St. Lucia
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2019/1/25
  • Date Updated:2019/8/5