4H Voluntary Leaders benefit from budding and grafting training
Unique agricultural business opportunities await the students of the County Caroni district as their 4H Voluntary Leaders Council benefit from a training workshop in budding and grafting, facilitated by staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF). The workshop, which was co-ordinated by the Ministry’s Regional Administration North (RAN) Division (St. George West County Office), took place on Friday 16th March, 2018, following a General Meeting of the County Caroni 4H Voluntary Leaders Council at the Ministry’s corporate headquarters in Chaguanas. Agricultural Assistant III (Ag.), Mr. Dexter Samm (MALF) and Agricultural Assistant III, Mr. Kanaiya Baboolal (MALF), administered the workshop’s theoretical and practical components, respectively.
According to Mr. Samm, the Ministry’s team was invited to conduct a workshop, which was a post-meeting activity, usually engaged by the County’s 4H Voluntary Leaders – headed by Ms. Natasha Lee who incidentally is also the National 4H President. He said: “Usually when they (County Caroni) have their meetings, they host an exit-workshop and the consensus this time around was for them to have a session in budding and grafting. It is envisaged that the information learnt following today’s session will be imparted to the members of the County’s respective clubs via the representing Voluntary Leaders in attendance.”
The Agricultural Assistant III (Ag.) noted that whilst information on the “budding and grafting of plants” would be useful to students as many of them had “fruit trees” at home and on their respective school compounds, the fact that techniques led to the reproduction of trees within a considerably short space of time, meant that its money-generating prospects could not be ignored. “Budding (citrus) and grafting (mangoes and avocadoes) are techniques of multiplying fruit trees quickly and so the major advantage is that you get trees flowering and fruiting in less than three (3) years whereas from a seedling, it takes about five (5) years. This concept can be useful in terms of business as persons can generate income from budding and grafting their own plants,” Mr. Samm said.
Also representing the Ministry’s RAN Division at the session was Agricultural Assistant II (Ag.), Ms. Savie Ramdin.