AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY INCREASED

 

Technical innovations 

  • SRI: New technique for rice production with less water, seeds and fertilizers.
  • Improved seeds and new practices on beans and maize. Improved package for plantain production
  •  Proximity soil laboratory that helps farmers take better care of their lands.
  • New tools: weeders, seeders, threshers, etc.
  • Post harvest equipment: tarps, silos, humidity gauges, mobile collection centers
  • Protected and vertical agriculture with drip irrigation

Results: Agricultural campaigns with more than 20,000 farmers that offer packages of good practices, extension services and improved inputs.

 

Comparison of the SRI and the traditional system 


Increase in yields for target crops 


 Master Farmer training 

  • Master farmers are extension agents trained in 6 months.
  • They belong to farmer associations
  • They take 4 basic and 2 specialty courses
  • 1,689 Master Farmers graduated to date (27% women)
  • After graduation they are hired by agribusinesses or NGOs, or are engaged in productive activities 


 Agricultural input supply stores

Feed the Future West/WINNER supports increased access to agricultural inputs through agricultural input supply stores or BIAs (Boutiques d’Intrants Agricoles).

  • Inputs were distributed through a network of 22 BIAs
  • BIAs were evaluated for their compliance with Reg. 216 requirements
  • BIAs received training in management and environmental management
  • BIAs supported by the project have accumulated savings of 12.6 million gourdes (over $300,000) 


 Rural Centers of Sustainable Development (CRDD)

 

  • 5 CRDDs already established; one in construction
  • CRDDs are training, applied research and demonstration centers set up in collaboration with the Government or private entities
  • Thousands of training sessions and guided visits performed
  • Some CRDDs offer laboratory tests for soil, water and plant diagnostics
  • Gradually transferred to local organizations


 Irrigation

  • Rehabilitation works in the Cul de Sac corridor:
    • 4,300 hectares irrigated in the Riviere Blanche system
    • 5,500 hectares irrigated in the Riviere Grise system
    • 13 pumps repaired and being fixed: 1,000 ha
    • Upcoming construction of the dam and water intake on the Riviere Grise ($7 million)
    • Emergency rehabilitation of irrigation canals after TS Isaac and Sandy
  • Works for the Bretel, Courjolle and Torcelle irrigation systems in the Matheux corridor (4,000 ha). Additional works (1000 ha) will start in May.