Farmer benefits from crowd-funding initiative
Local farmer Lescharles Joseph is the beneficiary of the crowd-funding project to supply water to farmers entitled, “Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 through the supply of fresh food to rural households,” which is an Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) initiative.
The initiative is a collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).
Joseph expressed thanks to IICA, CARDI, and the MoA for aiding him: “It will be so beneficial to me to improve on the crops growing, the amount of food I can produce in higher quantities and without water farming is nothing, and so I am so grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of this project.”
South West District Officer Onecia Anthony-Martin expressed that being a beneficiary of the project is a great opportunity for Joseph because he is able to produce more food now that he will have access to water and a full irrigation system.
Not only did Joseph receive assistance with setting up the irrigation system, but he also received help in planting seeds after the system was set up.