Local farmers will have a training facility in the coming months to assist them in preparing for the impact of climate change, the Ministry of Agriculture has announced.
News of the government initiative to help local farmers cope with the effects of changing weather patterns came last night from acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Andrew Gittens at the launch of Agrofest 2016 at Pure Ocean, St Lawrence Gap.
Addressing the event on behalf of Agriculture Minister Dr David Estwick, Gittens, noted that climate change has emerged as one of the major challenges facing farmers.
The ministry is therefore establishing a sustainable agriculture demonstration and training farm at its Graeme Hall Headquarters “that should show, expose and train farmers in the latest environmentally friendly, climate responsible and climate smart techniques that would enable them to effectively deal with this phenomenon”.
Gittens noted that the facility’s design is already completed and will be rolled out in a few months with budget support from the European Union under the Human Resource Development Strategy.