Rural Energy Partnership Project News
Updated information on the Rural Energy Partnership projects for Harps Farm, Saunders Island Farm and Teal Inlet is now available on our website. The energy savings from each system has been calculated thanks to the close monitoring done in partnership with the stakeholders. A short annual report has been produced for each of the project to highlight their benefits. We are delighted to report that the three systems have performed even better than expected, allowing significant fuel cost savings and demonstrating a great return on investment. For more information, please follow the links below:
STRATEGIC MARKETING AND BRANDING FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 from 9.00am to 1.00pm Chamber of Commerce
An intensive workshop session – which includes a working lunch – will help you in getting a new product to market, meeting customer’s needs with a profit.
Develop an understanding of branding and business network development.
Create a Marketing Strategy that works for your business.
Places are limited and it’s essential to book now.
FIDC leads a public consultation into Camp for economic and business development priorities.
Meetings will take place starting in December on the West, to scope the community’s priorities under the Rural Development Strategy (RDS), as the current Action Plan ends and a new 3-year phase begins.
With the new Rural Development portfolio holders, the Hon. Mark Pollard MLA and the Hon. Teslyn Barkman MLA, now in place following the elections, this presents a timely opportunity for them to host the meetings alongside FIDC’s Development team.
Keen to ensure the RDS continues to support the delivery of the broader objectives expressed within the Economic Development Strategy (EDS), the RDS Steering Group agreed that work on the Rural Development Strategy would start once the review of the EDS has been completed by the Policy Unit. In the intervening period, FIDC have been delivering against a transitional Action Plan for 2017-2018.
This consultation will take place against the very positive background of achievements made under the 2014-2017 RDS Action Plan. Amongst these, a great take up of Rural Energy funding amounted to some £140,000 across over twenty rural businesses, whilst over 30 rural businesses and residents have benefitted from advice and/or funding totalling £15,000 to improve their water supply. Capital Development assistance helped 15 rural businesses start-up or expand their activities, and/or build new houses for workers, with £265,000 wisely invested under this scheme in growing the Camp economy, alongside Rural Tax Reliefs now in place. Broader environmental concerns were addressed in partnership with Falklands Conservation.
Anne Wagner Gras, FIDC’s lead on RDS matters comments;
“There have been significant achievements towards the four objectives ExCo agreed back in 2012 – with for the first time since the 1950s the population increasing in Camp, a growing and diversifying rural economy, improved infrastructure and services now in place, all pointing to committed rural development. We now need to see the collaborative approach go forward, which is why we’re very keen to hear first-hand from the rural community about their objectives and priorities. In a busy programme, time has also been set aside to allow for follow-up meetings with clients, who have recently approached the Development Corporation to seek advice on their projects to start-up or expand their businesses”.
Meetings have been scheduled on West Falkland for the first week of December; at Port Howard on the 4th, Fox Bay on the 5th and Hill Cove on the 6th December. Further meetings will be organised in Stanley and the East in the New Year.
The outcome of this consultation is expected to be a draft revised RDS Action Plan for the coming 2-3 years.
2016/17 Annual Report is now available
FIDC today announces the publication of their 2016/17 Annual Report highlighting the Development Corporation’s activities and achievements over the past financial year and the completion of several successful projects over the period.
For more information please visit: http://www.fidc.co.fk/about-us/annual-report
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!