Belles Farmers Receive Fertilizer Donation from Parl Rep
The farmers of Belles are now better equipped for their trade, after receiving a donation of fertilizer from Parliamentary Representative of the St. Joseph Constituency, Honourable Kelver Darroux, on Thursday November 7th.
He made the donation to the Belles Farmers Group, an organization which he said he established in 2010, when he became a member of Parliament to oversee the activities of the farmers in that community.
The Government is expected to carry out road works of feeder roads in the Belles community, to ensure it is in a good condition, while increasing the productivity of the farmers.
Several young farmer groups have been organised throughout his constituency he stated, so young people can be more involved in farming.
Land was also made available to St. Joseph and Mero farmers who have already begun production.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Belles Farmers Group, Mr. Jerry Maximea said, although the donation is limited, it will assist the farmers, especially as fertilizer inputs are very costly.
He explained, one of the challenges in the community is the high cost of inputs including fertilizer.
The Belles Farmers Group consists of 15 active members, who are currently working on a facility to dry fruits including pineapple, dahseen and pawpaw – a project funded by the GEF Small Grant Program.
Mr. Maximea stated, this project will encourage the farmers to improve their standard of farming, especially as young people have been showing interest in joining the group.
Fertilizer donations were also made to the farmers of St. Joseph and Mero.