News Date: June 04 2016
CASTRIES St Lucia -- The Canaries community in Saint Lucia is to benefit from an organic farm, public education and job creation programme. Supported by the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) in partnership with the ministries of agriculture and social transformation along with the Saint Lucia National Trust, the aim is to provide a sustainable, environmentally friendly organic farm producing harvestable fruit and vegetables.
In the process, the project will build the community's capacity to secure their own food, nutrition and income at grassroots level, thus helping to alleviate poverty. This ecologically sound project will reduce overexploitation and misuse of biological resources in the west of the Island by utilising an aquaponic system, helping reduce Saint Lucia's over reliance on harmful agro-chemicals.
Aquaponics is a form of soilless agriculture cultivating plants in sea water that can produce significantly high yields with minimum inputs, leading to localised sustainable and profitable food production.