Climate change training for farmers

Local farmers will have a training facility in the coming months to assist them in preparing for the impact of climate change, the Ministry of Agriculture has announced.

News of the government initiative to help local farmers cope with the effects of changing weather patterns came last night from acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Andrew Gittens at the launch of Agrofest 2016 at Pure Ocean, St Lawrence Gap.

Addressing the event on behalf of Agriculture Minister Dr David Estwick, Gittens, noted that climate change has emerged as one of the major challenges facing farmers.

The ministry is therefore establishing a sustainable agriculture demonstration and training farm at its Graeme Hall Headquarters “that should show, expose and train farmers in the latest environmentally friendly, climate responsible and climate smart techniques that would enable them to effectively deal with this phenomenon”.

Gittens noted that the facility’s design is already completed and will be rolled out in a few months with budget support from the European Union under the Human Resource Development Strategy.

3 Responses to Climate change training for farmers

  1. Tony Webster January 22, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Good move. However, remember to also discuss ( or better yet, find solutions) to praedial larceny, and reliable water supplies. You think YOU have problems? Try farming. God Bless ’em all.

  2. jrsmith January 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I am totally in a agreement , with Mr, Webster..My take , our politicians ,cannot help ,using the climate change issue, when they are shown up for they failure on every , managing issues in Barbados.. The climate change farce is used to cover the fact , that government after government , just failed to improve , the infrastructures of Barbados..

    You farmers need to take the blame as well, the issue of water isn’t yesterday, its was threating for decades, you all had enough time to ,use the new technology to , preparing you all selves from whats to come…you cannot keep depending on politicians , who cannot , think beyond tourism..

  3. Andrew Rudder February 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    The longest journey begins with the first step! I remember years ago the West Indian Agriculture Department at Groves using Technics for the effects of gust on crops subject to damage and blight by wind gust they employed Olive trees along the windward side of the field which made a natural wind break allowing blossoms and young fruit from wind propagation!


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