Farmers in Dominica urges to diversify into pineapple production

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first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img 29 Views   no discussions LocalNews Farmers in Dominica urges to diversify into pineapple production by: – June 24, 2011 Dr. Vivian Moise, Vice President of NIPPAThe Nature Island Pineapple Producers Ltd (NIPPA), in collaboration with the Division of Agriculture hosted a training exercise on Wednesday in sustainable pineapple production for domestic and export markets.Dr. Vivian Moise is the Vice President of NIPPA. He explained that the workshop was specifically organised for new pineapple growers in Dominica.“This programme is funded by the FAO and we have been working with them over the past two (2) years to develop the pineapple value chain in Dominica. One of the critical elements of the value chain was to expand the production base of pineapples. The people you are seeing with us today are people who have voiced on interest in becoming pineapple farmers and they are undergoing the necessary training.”Dr. Moise wants to see more farmers get involved in pineapple production.“It is a profitable business to be involved: the commercial production of pineapples. It is probably one of the easier crops to grow. It has proved to be a worthwhile venture for those people who are involved in it. There is scope for many more farmers to be involved and those people who are hearing from me by this medium, I would encourage them to come and speak to us and we will give them the necessary information. We are looking for more people to grow pineapples in Dominica.”Acting Director of Agriculture, Ricky BrumantActing Director of Agriculture, Ricky Brumant has called on farmers to work collectively rather than as individuals.“We believe that farmers have to start seeing not individual actions; yes, individual decision making on the farm but collective energy and collective actions is important, not only important for the value chain concept but important for efficient use of resources. If we were to work with farm organisations all the time, we would not have to sometimes run flat and thin. It means that we can use what we have and at one point use it for the benefit of many. We are sending that message out there that farmers in the country have to start looking at the idea of working together.”By Emmanuel JosephGIS Newslast_img read more