IICA introduces Vermicomposting Technology in Dominica

by: - April 18, 2018
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(Press Release) The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is hosting a training workshop to introduce vermicomposting technology, as an alternative approach to compost production and income generating activity in Dominica.

This workshop, which is being hosted today Wednesday April 18, 2018, forms part of IICA’s Flagship Project on Productivity and Sustainability of Family Farming for Food Security and the Rural Economy with specific focus on Sustainable Farming Systems and Food Security of Family Agriculture.

Vermicomposting technology is an emerging eco-friendly process which utilizes earthworms to convert organic wastes into valuable composting material. With the increased demand for organic products, vermiculture/vermicomposting technology has great potential as a viable source of income.

This technology requires relatively low cost inputs and provides the capacity for the development of Vermi-agro-production Technology.

The training will be facilitated by Mr. Micah Martin a soil science researcher and vermicomposting expert. The intended beneficiaries of this workshop include farmers and extension technicians.

Prior to this one-day workshop field visits were conducted, to trap and identify local worm species which will be used in the vermicomposting evaluation exercise.