BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - IN an effort to combat the increasingly adverse effect that climate change has on crop production, the Department of Agriculture is pushing for farmers to employ more technology in the cultivation of their crops.
On Tuesday (May 11), the Department held a workshop for farmers on how to integrate technology into the production of watermelon in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Augustine Nwosu, St. Kitts and Nevis Climate Vulnerability Project Programme Manager, opened the training programme and told SKNVibes News that with the advancement of technology, it is important for farmers to upgrade their skill set to increase output.
Acknowledging that watermelon is one of the Federation’s staples, Nwosu noted that incorporating the use of technology would aid in increasing output levels.
“We are looking at the end of the workshop that if they are producing at the rate of 30 percent that their output will exceed that 30 percent,” he added.
The training was facilitated by a specialist from the Taiwan Technical Mission in Basseterre, who was versed in the production of watermelons.
Nwosu is hopeful that at the end of the workshop farmers would be able to develop the necessary skill set that would push the Federation in achieving the broader food security thrust by incorporating the use of technology.
He told SKNVibes that the knowledge gained from the training would not only benefit the watermelon levels, but also the overall numbers in the Federation.
Moreover, under the SKN Vulnerability Project, farmers will have access to new technology where information on how to plant, where to plant, the level of water present in the soil and what not to plant during the dry or wet period will be available to them.
This comes as the Agriculture Department and the Taiwan Technical Mission are currently working together with several pieces of equipment that will aid in the production levels of crops on both St. Kitts and Nevis.