Encouraging Agripreneurs in Erromango to start using the commercial farming system

Lead farmers and agripreneurs in Erromango have recently completed a fully-funded training  to help them gain skills to increase their crop production, monitor their quality processes as well as improve their marketing skills and approaches.   The techniques taught will further assist the farmers and agripreneurs towards a more semi commercial to commercial based farming concept.

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Forestry Officer in Erromango and the Area Secretary for North Erromango organized and implemented an Agribusiness training program for selected leading farmers and agri-preneurs on June 3rd to 7th 2013 at Ipota, Erromango.

The total number of leading farmers and agri-preneurs that attended the 4 days training was 26.  The participants were mostly kava, sandalwood, root crop and small livestock leading farmers as well as retail shop owners and local bakery owners.

The main objective of the workshop was to show the farmers how to increase the production by using the commercial farming system and rotation system.  The other objective was to show the farmers how to practice proper harvesting, processing, drying, packaging and labeling.

Most of the activities are currently been done by the farmers however it was emphasized that the processes must be done more appropriately to achieve quality root crop products for the markets.

The establishment of the local market structure is to monitor the quality of the product for the goods of our Local & Export Market.

Mr. Alick Berry , the Manager of Emplyer Services at the VCCI  emphasized on an increase of production of  root crop variety and the farming management technique as well as the financial management.

Mr. Alick Berry’s next training program of 2013 is South Ambae in Penama Province.

The program has been running every year since 2003. This year it is funded by Pacific Fund or Fonds Pacific and this funding is operated by French Development Agency or Agence Française de Dévelopement (AFD).

For any questions or further information, please feel free to contact François Kavirere, VCCI Senior  Agribusiness Project Officer on 27543, ext 13.