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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2022. 8:50 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) is conducting a two-day Climate Resiliency Workshop for Coconut farmers at the Orange Walk Agriculture Station in Yo Creek on Thursday and Friday.

“Basically, it is to teach farmers about climate resiliency, how they can mitigate the impact of climate change in their coconut farms, and also train them to identify and control coconut pests and diseases,” said National Coordinator for Non-Traditional Fruit Trees Barry Palacio.

Palacio said they are targeting 25 lead farmers and Extension Officers.

“We are targeting lead farmers and extension officers. Lead farmers who work with a group as their focal points. The idea is that these same people will go back and train the other farmers,” said Palacio.

“It’s a trainer of trainers type of workshop.”

The training on Thursday is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Friday it’s going from 9:00 a m to 3:00 pm.

Palacio said the training is an alliance among the Ministry of Agriculture, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), and the International Training Centre (ITC), a European Union funded project.

“We are all joining together to be able to make an impact, an outreach to the farmers along the different value chains of the coconut industry,” said Palacio.

“CARDI and MAFSE will be focusing on production, ITC together with the Ministry we’ll be focusing on the processing component of coconuts. We call it an alliance because we’re all trying together to serve the same client which is the farmer.”

The training will be conducted by agronomist Teresita Balan from Central Farm, Extension Officer Samuel Cocom, CARDI consultants Edgar White and Robert Graham, Pesticides Control Board’s Edgar Silva, and Palacio himself.

 

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