Ebony Park trainees benefit from session
TOLL GATE, Clarendon:
TRAINEES FROM the Ebony Park HEART Academy in Toll Gate, Clarendon, as well as their staff members involved in field production of seeds, benefitted from a comprehensive two-day classroom and field training session.
The training sessions which were conducted by Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute (CARDI) plant breeder, Herman Adams, provided insightful information in technology, research and development, hot pepper seed production, as well as sorrel and pumpkin seed production.
The training workshop, which was facilitated by the Agriculture Policy Programme through a grant from the European Union (EU), will see participants enhancing their capacity to develop, multiply and manage breeder and stock seeds.
At the opening session on Tuesday at the Ebony Park HEART Academy, head of corporation delegation of EU, Jesus Orus Baguena, described small holder agriculture as the backbone of rural areas and indicated that it was the key to sustaining a livelihood for thousands of people.
Rural communities, he said, "often face enormous challenges such as high-risk exposure to natural disasters and lack of access to credit markets, issues that contribute to poverty and hardship".
He said: "The workshop must play a vital role in the sustainable development of the industry through providing farmers access to technical support to improve production."
He further stated that "inadequate research development has been recognised as a key constraint in the region, consequently there is need to research results to be relevant, useful and enabling of transformation and adjustment in the context of climate change".
CARDI chairman Diane Clarke-Harris, who also spoke, said the workshop is geared towards improving Jamaica's capability in the business of seed production by building on existing knowledge with relevant available research results, both basic and developmental.