Press Release:- The Taiwan Technical Mission together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives hosted its second Farmer’s Market under the project; project for the enhancing the efficiency of production-distribution supply chain in fruit and vegetable sector in Saint Lucia.
The Farmer’s Market began at 9:00a.m. at the Old Micoud Playing Field and ended at around 3:00p.m. on 4th September.
With around 250 – 285 participants present at the event; the Taiwan Technical Mission Team was able to bring awareness about the project which was the main goal of the day.
Patrons were educated on ways to produce unique products made from 100% locally grown fruits and vegetables.
They were also able to sample local artisan products. When we support local farmers, we support the local economy. There were unique and creative products on sale and for display.
Farmers brought locally grown bunches of grapes and grape plants for sale. In the hot weather, the locally made frozen sorbets were a great option!
Schools came out to visit the Farmer’s market and students won great prizes and even took seedlings home to grow and nurture.
Our watermelon competition even piqued the interest of some students of the Micoud Secondary School and one of their brave students entered the competition and won first place!
The project will also deal with multiple sides of production and marketing.
On the marketing side, one goal is to host monthly farmers markets, on the other side, production also will be made to be more efficient.
The Taiwan Technical Mission will work closely with the Extension officers throughout this project and have already hosted two Stakeholder Staff Meetings with the officers.
The goals of these meetings are to increase the efficiency of the officers while constantly gaining progress on production.
To gain an idea of what is currently in production, Extension officers will be doing surveys together with site visits to capture what the farmers are growing and the quantities.
The next farmers market will be held at the Vigie Playing Field on Sunday 13th October. Please come out and support our local farmers and receive some free samples of their value-added goods.