COSME sponsors ARGO Optimizing Shade Enclosure

SALEM, Monserrat, June 15, 2017 – The Montserrat Business Council initiated a series of three workshops, funded by COSME and held at the UWI Open Campus in Salem, June 6-9 2017.  This workshop “Agro – Optimizing Shade Enclosures: Crop Protection for Nursery and Greenhouses Workshop” was facilitated by Mr. Alvin Murray, graduate of the Jamaica School of Agriculture, with 35 years of Agricultural experience and three time Champion Farmer for the Parish of Westmoreland in Jamaica.  

The workshop provided a general introduction to nursery and greenhouse structures and how they aid in crop protection.  Major pests of protected systems were also discussed and workshop participants were shown how a sticky trap helped with monitoring pests within protected systems.  Presentations covered integrated pest management including the use of cultural practices, resistant cultivars and biological control. Participants were shown how to measure the PH of soils to establish the link between nutrition and disease management.  Photographs taken by the facilitator of production systems around the island were used in the workshop to identify plant nutritional challenges.  Organic approaches to crop protection including the use of barrier crops such as cassava, marigold, neem, pigeon peas and lemon grass were highlighted.

With a fully subscribed workshop of 30 persons, participants welcomed the information shared and are expected to implement best practices in preparation for an inspection by Mr. Murray of their holdings in six months.   

The Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Housing, Lands and the Environment provided strong support for both the Aquaponics Training Programme in Antigua as well as the recently held Crop Protection for Nursery and Greenhouses Workshop.  Equipment required for the practical component of the Workshop was generously provided by the Ministry demonstrating its commitment to Food Security on island and sustainable livelihoods. 

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