Dr. Feng-Chi Lin, a Taiwan entomologist, was in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to facilitate the training workshop on “Natural Predator (Enemy) Application and Integrated Pest Management (IPM)”, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Rural Transformation and the Taiwan Technical Mission from August 16 to 24.
Dr. Lin, in the workshop, introduced the methods of predators’ propagation and biological control technology to technical staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and then to SVG farmers later on with the aim to help farmers improve fruit and vegetable productions through better pest control measures. St. Vincent and the Grenadines has the tradition of “Green Cultivation” which leads to healthier and better-flavored crops. However, because of the pest issue, the yield is never easy to boost. The earth-friendly IPM will be one of the solutions.
During the workshop, Dr. Lin gave lectures and hands-on training to technical staff of the Division of Research and Development of the Ministry of Agriculture, teachers of agro-related departments as well as farmers from co-operatives. She also carried out field visits to survey the current pest-afflicted in farms so as to advise better solutions based on IPM, especially but not only for sweet peppers and tomatoes. To promote the IPM methods, a seminar on “Introduction on biological pest control theory and techniques on tomatoes and sweet peppers” was held and open to the public in the Conference Room of Fisheries. More than 30 people attended this event, and exchanged experiences and opinion about pest problem and the IPM methods’ application.
The agricultural cooperation project between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Republic of China (Taiwan) for “Strengthening Farmers Organization and Improving Fruit and Vegetable Production Technology” so far conducted three training workshops, namely “Rapid Bioassay for Pesticide Residue” in March, “Bio-Fertilizer Production and Implementation” in April and “Non-chemical Plant Disease Control” in June. Three more workshops on soil analysis, soil fertility management and bio-pesticide will be held in September and November.