Farmers in Salisbury, Dominica, recently received training in the practice of organic agriculture.
An Organic Farming Workshop hosted by the Salisbury Enhancement Committee (SEC) Inc. on April 29, was hailed an immense success. The session, attended by over 15 farmers from the community of Salisbury, was financed by a grant received from the European Union (EU) and the Government of Dominica funded SFA Framework for Agri-Business Development and Enterprise (FADE) Project.
Mr. Vernon Daniel facilitated the three-hour session, which covered areas such as organic pest control and the maintenance of soil fertility. He explained the importance of reducing the quantity of commercial chemical substances which are being employed on our Dominican farms, and displayed several natural alternatives for pest control and increasing soil fertility.
He stressed further the need for farmers to educate themselves on the effects that these chemicals may have in the long term, both on the quality of the land, and the quality and safety of the crops produced.