January 22, 2010
Taiwan assists in production of compost

Taiwanese Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines Leo Lee has given the assurance that his country will continue to cooperate with the Ministry of Agriculture in the production of compost.{{more}}

On January 14, Ambassador LEE visited the Diamond Sanitary Landfill accompanied by Chinyu Lee, the Chief of the Taiwan Technical Mission. Kavern Farrell, the Supervisor, briefed the visitors and said that the landfill successfully experimented on composts in 2009.

Farrell said that the more nutritious composts are those made from pig and cow manure. However, she said they were experiencing difficulty in effectively collecting the manure from the pig/chicken pens.

Ambassador Lee also agreed to help farmers find shredders from the U.S. or Taiwan which can shred materials into finer particles.

Ambassador Lee stated that he instructed the Taiwan Mission to begin a compost program in 2009 to introduce compost to the Vincentian farmers in response to a concern about expensive artificial fertilizers made by the Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. The Mission, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, held three compost workshops and helped twenty farmers produce composts in 2009.