It has been quite a long time since I’ve highlighted the activities of the Agribusiness Society. So it’s fitting to explain our most recent event.
One of the aims of the ABS is to ensure student development. Therefore each year the society organizes a Study Tour to another island within the region for interested Graduate and undergraduate students. It is quite to a feat to organize such an event however it has been successful for the past two years.
The first was held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where the students were exposed first hand to value added agriculture and agro-processing in addition to completing a value chain analysis on several commodities. The second was held in Suriname and Guyana. The students executed a group project comparing the fish landing sites of Suriname, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago and their readiness for export in addition to examining the full scale mechanization of the rice, banana and sugar industries.
The most recent was a visit to Jamaica to examine the pig, beef, small ruminant and dairy industries. Once again the venture was a success. On events such as these the students try to be sensitized to as much information as possible. Therefore it is common to explore other sectors in the agri-industry.
This post highlights the innovations and simple technologies/methods that the students experience at the Adams Valley Greenhouse/Shade-house operation in Jamaica. These images are proof that farming is much more than just planting a seed. You must be forward thinking, efficient and innovative to succeed!