CARDI spearheads a successful three-day Fertilizer Management Workshop
A new Fertigation system introduced in Dominica is expected to save local farmers hundreds of dollars, if used effectively.
The equipment was introduced to a number of persons involved in the agricultural sector in Dominica at a three-day workshop on fertilizer management through irrigation systems, held here in Dominica from April 11th to 13th.
The workshop which was facilitated by Dr. Kimberly Moore and Luci Fisher of the University of Florida was organized by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), along with a number of partners.
Other partners included the Florida Association of Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the America (FAVACA), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the National Association for Youths in Agriculture (NAYA).
Sharon Jones, who is also a plant pathologist, is the local representative for CARDI.
Dr Moore says during the workshop, the participants were introduced to a number of techniques on soil solarization, to better manage soil borne pests and diseases.
The first two days of the workshop were conducted at the University of the West Indies Open Campus, while the last day featured practical sessions which were held at the Hillsborough Agricultural Station.
Dr Moore reiterated the importance of calculating fertilizer rates and requirements when using the equipment.
During their short visit on the island, the professors also visited a number of farms on the island where they held one-on-one talks with local farmers.