Tobago's Own Agricultural Resource Center
Published on April 9, 2016 um 19:57
Explain your idea in details:
Tobago's Own Agricultural Resource Center aims to train the next generation of farmers through hands-on educational programs and provide services the agricultural community needs to stay viable. This organization will develop an innovative curriculum with a structured entry level education and training program in sustainable agriculture. It is envisioned that this facility would be a private non-profit organization situated in a location that would be convenient for the general public and large enough to provide a variety of agricultural services. The center which will feature predominantly organic farming will incorporate traditional aspects of a farming homestead such as barns, live stock stalls, pastures, crop operations and demonstration areas. Students and visitors would benefit from learning organic agricultural best practices and the importance and economic benefits of local food production and other agricultural activities. There would be demonstration subjects that would include gardening, forestry and bee keeping etc, and areas to accommodate activities such as clinics, seminars and competition together with a recreation area that would serve as a nature park open to the public.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Sustainability protects both the interests of future generations and the earth's capacity to regenerate therefore; this center will be organized to benefit the citizens of the country as well as the region in order to enhance the economy through education and the provision of technical services. The center will highlight safe organic agricultural practices thus contributing to improved productivity in the agricultural sector. It will also provide the impetus for greater productivity in the sector in a manner that is eco-friendly and healthy for all consumers of agricultural products. Trinidad and Tobago imports an overwhelmingly large percentage of its total food requirements which has contributed to macroeconomic problems such as rising inflation, widening trade deficits and fiscal strain. Additionally, persons continue to suffer from increased cost of living, under-nutrition and chronic diseases which place undue strain on the national health care and social welfare services. As Tobago slowly moves towards greater autonomy from Trinidad, it becomes more imperative that the populace understands the need from both and individual and economic perspective for Tobago to become if not totally at least much more self sufficient in food production. It is also one of the key planks of economic diversification which the country must rely on to wean itself away from that unhealthy dependence; its finite hydrocarbon resources (its main source of revenue). The integration of persons from an early age and giving them the capability to earn whilst learning, and an expanded and more productive agriculture sector, will positively impact employment levels on the island which would result in a commensurate reduction in poverty, hunger and other allied social challenges whereby giving them less opportunity to engage in criminal enterprise. This institutional effectiveness may be the next best statistic in measuring the country's performance.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This competition has presented me with the ideal opportunity to publically express this long held idea. In further developing the concept I intend to:
* Establish a planning committee comprising of people with diverse skill sets and competencies which would be required in developing this project. These individuals, in addition to being technically competent must also have such personal attributes as hardworking, deeply committed and highly disciplined etc.
* identify resource providers such as facilitators, information specialists and consultants to assist in managing the project from idea to implementation,
* Write a business plan / select site for organization .The plan will address sources of financing, the institutional support that would be needed to assist with the technical aspects and also address the economies of scale and a strategic plan to guide organization after start up process
* approach potential sources for startup expense such as local associations and state grants and even foreign investors
After acquisition of site:
1) Develop the core facility as this will house all main offices/multipurpose room (for recreation and educational programs, agriculture related interest groups and the community) as well as a library.
Develop two green houses (to serve as labs to support educational programs), live stock stalls, barns, crop operation areas, garden storage unit (to house all tools and equipment), community plants and reforestation nursery, bee-keeping units
Source plants, livestock and necessary personnel to start operations
3) Contract vehicles to accommodate with delivery and everyday transportation until able acquire such.
Develop classroom building/ comfort stations/ demonstration area for clinics, seminars, competitions etc
Develop maintenance building (to accommodate vehicles)/ recreation area for outdoor public gatherings
4)Develop resident farmer and intern housing units
I am a 33 year old wife and mother of three beautiful children who are my greatest sources of motivation. I live on the island of Tobago which is smaller to the twin island paradise of Trinidad and Tobago. At present I hold a UWI certificate in Human Resource Management and I am working on attaining Bachelors in Business Management. I work as an accounting clerk at present and have a particular interest in marketing with an emphasis on customer service, consumer behavior and market trends. I have experience as a sales and marketing assistant which affords me with the opportunity to work face to face with customers whilst providing products the company trades, following up on old clients and strategically pursuing new customers. I am a person with high learning ability and possess the required skills such as teamwork, leadership and effective communication. My work ethic is premised on a sense of responsibility coupled with dedication to the task at hand and perseverance in completing same. I indulge in kitchen gardening and absolutely enjoy working with young people and assisting them in any way possible in fulfilling their goals and ambitions, and because of this I am compelled to give life to my idea.
Stage of Idea