Tuesday, 30 April 2013 14:27
The Dominica Export Import Agency signed an MOU with P. W. Bellot and Co. Ltd on July 3rd, 2012 to contract farmers to produce 15 acres of Moruga Red hot peppers. The purpose of this project is to provide high quality fresh hot peppers to BELLO for production of its hot pepper sauce. The stakeholders who are involved are National Export Council Secretariat, IICA, Ministry of Agriculture, CARDI and Dominica Bureau of Standards.
The farmers who are producing hot peppers in the South of the island have established 5.43 acres of Moruga Red to date. A training session was conducted on 5th February 2013 at Mr.Delon Antoine’s Disco in Petite Savanne. The training was done in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture Southern Extension team. Ten (10) farmers attended the session. The farmers received training on the agronomy of hot peppers and topics included land preparation, planting pruning, weed control, pest and disease control, safe use of pesticide and fertiliser application.
The session was done in the form of lecture however samples of materials were shown and small demonstrations were conducted in house to allow the farmers to clearly understand certain concepts. The farmers participated fully while the session was conducted.
The farmers were taken on the plot to observe the plants and to make suggestions and recommendations. Some pest and disease situation were pointed out. The application of fertiliser and pruning were demonstrated.
The Ministry of Agriculture staff deliberated on the subject of Cluster Formation with the objective set as the formation of a hot pepper cluster to work closer to achieve greater production.
The farmers were very pleased with the content of the training and other topics will be covered in the future.