FIDC ‘Fresh for the Future’ Horticulture Project –
Training programme available to Falklands growers
YOU could make YOUR farm - or garden - part of a programme that will see more and better fresh produce available here. That’s a great business opportunity, with huge social benefits.
Fresh for the Future Report – a range of opportunities to grow fruits and vegs in the Falklands
What are the prospects for growing more fresh fruit and vegetables here, for the local market? Can we all be happier and healthier, with more fresh produce variety at our shops, in the gardens and on our plates? Are there new or improved business opportunities in horticulture, for anyone to join in?
These and other horticulture questions emerged over time from the wider Import Substitution Programme which has been on the Development Corporation’s agenda since 2011. With two significant initiatives on-going in market gardening and egg production and a patchwork of small fruit and veg growers across the Islands, 2016 was the year FIDC made Horticulture its focus with a view to really identifying and empowering locals to step into field of import reduction.
Specialist consultants were brought in to give FIDC and its clients a clear view on crops, markets, technologies and relevant scales for all these. They examined local supply chains for horticulture products and the potential for market development, aiming at clear recommendations on what could be achieved in the Falkland Islands.
As a result of their visit, FIDC published the report - Fresh for the Future – available on line on FIDC’s website; http://www.fidc.co.fk/library/project-reports/300-fresh-for-the-future-final-print
It identifies in a well-documented way the opportunities to grow more fruits and vegetables in the Falklands.
Horticulture training programme – Stanley 25th to 28th September 2017
The Development Corporation has continued to drive the process, with Martin Emmett scheduled to come back to the Falklands the last week of September to deliver a generic horticultural training program to develop skills that will apply to a range of production situations and assist in optimising crop performance.
This is a great opportunity for those engaged in commercial production and amateurs with some experience in producing food crops to get access to bespoke horticulture advice from an internationally recognised expert.
Sessions will be taught in a small group format and take place in Stanley (details on the location to follow) and are scheduled to run between 2-3 hours. Participants are invited to attend the whole programme as a general upskilling package; however, if somebody really wishes to select a single session they find most appropriate to their needs, we’ll try our best to accommodate their wishes
The outline of the programme is as follows;
Horticulture training programme – Stanley – 25th to 28th September 2017
Dynamics of Crop Production – a series of three sessions looking at the fundamentals of crop growth and development.
Irrigation Management (Protected Crops)– a single session covering water relations in the plant and irrigation systems and strategies.
Introduction to Crop Health Management – a single session covering the major pests and diseases along with the principles of good crop hygiene.
Introduction to Quality Management Systems for Horticultural Crops (including HACCPS).
Advanced Crop Health Management – a session detailing the biology of specific pests and diseases and their control strategies.
Propagation Techniques – a session introducing the range of propagation techniques suitable for horticultural crops.
Registration is free, on a first come, first served basis. Places are limited, please register now!
Wool Report – Press Release
FIDC is pleased to announce the public release of the ‘Value Adding Opportunities for Falkland Islands’ Wool’ report. The report, authored by Blake + Associates Consulting, proposes ten recommendations to improve the wool returns of Falkland wool growers.
The report is a culmination of a visit by two representatives from Blake + Associates Consulting in February 2017. The week-long visit by Michael Blake and Mark Rodda in February consisted of a number of meetings with wool stakeholders, workshops held at Goose Green and Fox Bay, and a number of farm visits, which provided the consultants with a diverse range of views throughout the Falklands’ wool sector.
Mr Blake will be returning to the Falklands on the 20th May 2017, for his second visit. During this week-long visit, Mr Blake will be meeting wool stakeholders across the islands to present and discuss his report and its recommendations. It is planned that Mr Blake will hold presentations on East and West Falkland during the week, which will be open for anyone interested in Falklands’ wool to attend. The programme for Mr Blake’s visit in May will be promoted once it has been agreed.
The report is available to download here;
Value Adding Opportunities for Falkland Islands' Wool (01-05-2017).pdf
For more information regarding the Falkland Islands Innovation Strategy, please click here.
Fresh for the Future
What are the prospects for growing more fresh fruit and vegetables here, for the local market?
Can we all be happier and healthier, with more fresh produce variety in our shops, gardens and on our plates?
Are there new or improved business opportunities in horticulture, for anyone to join in?
FIDC’s horticulture consultants have completed their initial visit and report looking at at developing our local production and markets in horticultural produce.
Fresh for the Future is now available on line for you to download. We hope this will be of interest to the amateur as well as professional sectors, to those already growing and others who would like to enter the market. Our view is that the prospects look good and further work will now be done to support this initiative.
Click the link to download
Fresh for the Future
or for a paper copy please contact FIDC on 27211.
FIDC is pleased to announce the creation of a new grant scheme available to Camp; the Rural Energy Additional Generation Grant Scheme.
Click Rural Energy Additional Generation Grant Scheme to read more about this new scheme.
FIDC is pleased to announce the creation of a new grant scheme available to owners of residential properties; the Thermal Energy Grant Scheme.
Click Thermal Energy Grant Scheme to read more about this new scheme.