April 23, 2024 1:37 pm
Vetiver Technology Equips Farmers in North Leeward to Fight Erosion

Hand2Earth recently held its 4th workshop for farmers in North Leeward, focusing on Vetiver Systems Technology. The training took place from March 18th to 22nd in Rose Bank, and was attended by farmers from Petite Bordel, Rose Bank, Troumaca, Rose Hall, and Spring Village. The workshop was funded by the GEF Small Grants Programme and provided instruction on the theory, science, and practical applications of Vetiver Systems Technology to a total of 21 farmers.

During the workshop, farmers gained hands-on experience in various aspects such as land contouring, plant preparation, planting, and soil microbiology. Soil samples from their farms were also tested to determine pH levels and soil composition. As part of the project’s ongoing efforts to promote sustainable farming practices in the region, four vetiver nurseries were established with funding from the GEF Small Grants Programme. These nurseries will provide a constant supply of vetiver plants for future use in erosion control systems.

Since Hand2Earth’s Farmland Restoration initiative began in 2022, a total of 55 farmers in North Leeward have received training in Vetiver Systems Technology. This technology is highly effective for erosion control, groundwater retention, and restoring soil quality for improved crop yield. Participants are supported in installing vetiver systems on their farms with guidance on plant selection and placement techniques provided by Ms Vonnie Roudette Hand2Earth’s Vetiver Systems Trainer. They are also provided with tools for maintenance such as weeding equipment or seed drills that enable them to grow crops efficiently while taking care of their environment.

Ms Vonnie Roudette emphasized the significance of this project as historic vetiver hedgerows planted over 100 years ago for soil conservation have been mostly destroyed leading to widespread land erosion and loss of topsoil. With the support of the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme this project will continue to develop a Vetiver Heritage Educational Site which will showcase the importance of vetiver systems historically used by local people for soil conservation.

In addition to establishing farm sites and conducting workshops on vetiver craft training workshops; Hand2Earth plans to engage in ongoing community education activities that aim at raising awareness among local people about sustainable farming practices usingvetver systems technology .

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