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Taiwanese Mission shows how composting is done

Taiwanese Mission shows how composting is done

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In 2010, in order to promote composting in SVG, a series of compost workshops was held by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Taiwan Technical Mission. It was part of a continuing programme, which was launched in 2009 to introduce the method of making compost to the Vincentian farmers and students.{{more}}

In 2010, five compost demonstrations were held in different areas like Peter’s Hope, Spring Village, Sandy Bay, Waterloo and Orange Hill. More than 150 local farmers and students from every corner of the country attended.

Compost is a source of crop nutrition. By using compost, farmers can reduce the utilization of expensive chemical fertilizers. Moreover, there are many advantages of making and using compost. For example, by making decayed plant matter and manure into useful compost, it will benefit the natural environment.

Farmers also can use compost on their own farms or sell it for more profits. Farmers can get more income if they use compost on their corps because the latter can improve the quality and quantity of their crops, such as, watermelon, vegetables and fruits.

Chin-Yu Lee, the Chief of the Taiwan Technical Mission, said that the Mission will continue to cooperate with the Ministry of Agriculture to hold more compost workshops in 2011. In addition to traditional compost, “organic liquid fertilizer’, a new advanced type of fertilizer, is planned to be introduced to SVG as well.

Chief Lee stressed that anyone who is interested in attending the workshop or would like to have a copy of Compost Manuel should contact the Ministry or the Mission.

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