FAO conducts training session on dasheen post harvest handling
Some of the exporters of Dasheen at the training session
October 13, 2023

FAO conducts training session on dasheen post harvest handling

A dasheen post harvest handling training session was held in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) recently at the CELAC Food and Nutrition Security Centre at Stoney Grounds.

The session was funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, (FAO), and saw a number of exporters of dasheen within the Agricultural Sector, a part of the initiative.

The session created awareness on a range of issues including common causes of post harvest losses, along with techniques and strategies to combat problems in Dasheen post harvest handling.

Principles for commercial storage, management of environmental factors, delivery handling, and sanitisation were presented to participants in providing safe and effective measures of dasheen Post harvest handling.

Participants of the session walked away with a greater knowledge base on the most efficient ways of handling Dasheen during the process of post harvesting. A number of participants also urged more farmers and exporters to be a part of these sessions in the future.

Food and Agriculture Organisation, (FAO), Agronomist and trainer, Samuel De Costa, expressed satisfaction with the session, and the receptiveness of participants… De Costa emphasised that the training is vital and noted that more initiatives of this nature are in the pipeline.

Da Costa was also engaged in a number of field visits while in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The meeting was yet another outreach session, facilitated by the CELAC Food and Nutrition Security Centre in Stoney Grounds.

The expansion of markets for dasheen is a welcomed development within the Agricultural sector in St Vincent and the Grenadines, as the demand for this root crop surges and provides more opportunities for farmers o be a part of this lucrative industry.