by Anicia Antoine, Ministry of Agriculture
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning Natural Resources and Co-operatives in collaboration with the Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia through the Seven Crops Project have established three weather stations in the communities of Babonneau, Dennery, and Choiseul.
The data being provided by the weather stations will assist farmers in making more informed decisions on the cultivation of their crops, and minimize loss due to changing conditions.
Parliamentary Representative of Choiseul/Saltibus Hon. Bradley Felix highlighted the importance of procuring modernized equipment to ensure the sustainability of the agriculture industry in Saint Lucia.
“I’m hoping that we take advantage of the predictions and the readings of the weather stations so that we can make sound decisions,” Minister Felix said.
“We can vary what we grow and we can do it with knowledge and science behind it. So I’m looking forward to a significant increase in production and in quality based on the reading that we will be getting from the weather stations; and I want to take the opportunity to thank the government and people of Taiwan for their continuous assistance particularly in the area of agriculture.”
Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, H.E. Peter Chen, reaffirms his government’s commitment, to assist in ensuring a more resilient agriculture sector in Saint Lucia.
“The weather station is able to collect all sorts of data on rainfall, light intensity, wind speeds, and humidity,” Ambassador Chen said. “It is solar-powered and can be remotely assessed by the internet. This is what new agriculture looks like. This weather station is one of the important steps in achieving agriculture 4.0. We are honored to work with Saint Lucia, a strong ally.”
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources, and Cooperatives encourages farmers to take full advantage of the new technology received when planning their production cycles.