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.
2)
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

Your profile

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

conceptual stage

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Comments

August 25, 2016 14:38

this resource center will provide financing for farmers?

nice idea, please check the mine

August 20, 2016 13:10

This is a great idea comrade. It can transform Africa if implemented, and I support it by votes and comments. What to do is just don't give up!

Shen

June 25, 2016 16:54

Hi Danielle,
I just voted in support of your project. It is an excellent initiative, much needed in Tobago and I do hope it gets the recognition it deserves.

Nicolette

June 23, 2016 22:49

Hi Danielle,
Coming from Tobago your idea seems very ensightful and relevant and endeavors to be one that will herald positive outcomes once realized. I truly hope you have an opportunity for your vision to come to fruition.
Warm Regards

June 17, 2016 11:18

Thanks for idea it is true people need to be trained and will improve agriculture.

You can also pass through my idea and vote or comment
Magembe Julius newdays paper bag

Thanks

June 15, 2016 11:51

Hi dear Danielle!

I find you idea interesting. It's so perspective and relevant now. I don't doubt that tou'll achieve success with it. I wish you good luck and vote for you.
Please check out my idea too and please vote for it if you find it interesting.

Respectfully,
Anna

June 6, 2016 00:24

Hie dear congratulations on your project, I support it .since we are friends here I've just voted for ur project, so please kindly vote for my idea too

MY PROJECT
Project Diginity the idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project category 2016

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/3549/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 17:26

Hie Danielle congratulations on your project!

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 2, 2016 16:36

Wonderful idea , i recommended let us give her a vote as well as i was given my vote.

May 24, 2016 21:13

nice one bro,i think i am in love with ur project, pls chk mine and make a comment
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/4/1934/

April 24, 2016 14:34

Wonderful idea Danielle! As someone who hails from the Caribbean as well I understand the importance of farming. I would like to add issuing a certificate at the end of the training for the farmers or working with a university or technical school that can issue it. Also maybe offering job opportunities afterwards for the farmers if they want to do traditional work. Hope these suggestions are helpful.

April 24, 2016 13:17

nice job there.

April 15, 2016 14:27

Like Tochukwu has all already said. It won't be a bad idea if the projects are narrowed down to two or three. Pick up the most vital, most essential parts of the project and concentrate on them. There is room for growth. As the business grows, you can incorporate other segments to it. Ride on all the best to you. @JAYSON, I don't know why people view agriculture as low level job. Even in my country Nigeria is the same view. Why shouldn't growing the food that feed the nation and the world be an attractive an option as to the said white-collar jobs in the cities. Is time we change our perception on agriculture and see it as a long term programme that would foster economic growth, generate employment opportunities and provision of food. Am really impressed with Malaysia uplifting the fortune of the country through agriculture. This perception of agriculture as a low level job is even worst in my state in Nigeria. Youths resorts to kidnapping, robbery, sea-piracy, political thugs, militancy and oil bunkering is the order of the day. Whereas we are blessed with lands for rice farming, oil palm, cassava, snail, sugar cane, coconut, rubber, pineapple, pawpaw, banana, maize, plantains farming, and large coasts for seafoods, among others. But the state couldn't boost of hectare(s) of the aforementioned food crops. I am on a mission to change the perception on agriculture with my idea https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/
miederian/ideas/my-ideas/2867/

April 15, 2016 05:30

Hi Imelda and Mbono,
Thanks to you both for your support

April 14, 2016 21:47

Hi,
I really like your idea and I hope you will be able to make it a reality.

April 14, 2016 20:24

Hi Daniella,
Your idea is very interesting, and I think Trinidad needs these kinds of initiatives for its development. Agriculture will remain the response to the many problems that knows the world. You have all my support.
I hope also to read your comment on my page!
Thank you!

April 12, 2016 04:54

Something interests me about your quest to saving the future generation. You are indeed a mother and I think, like you said on my page, we can make good partners. Congratulations my dear.

April 12, 2016 04:35

Hi Tochukwu and Regine, thank you both for your comments. I would definitely take such into consideration and work on it a bit more for better clarification.
Hi Jayson, thank you so much for your support and I look forward to brainstorming ideas with you

April 12, 2016 00:38

Being from Trinidad and Tobago myself, I must support this idea.The thing about our country though, we have not embraced especially Trinidadians the rich resources we have at our disposal as well as the intellectual capacity that our citizens have.Because agriculture is seen as a 'low class' work in our country investment is little to grow the sector and given now our economic position we have no choice but to strive to self sustainability.I have similar ideas and if you wish, you may contact via email [email protected] luck and all the best.

April 10, 2016 05:40

Hello ma'am! I'm Regine from the Philippines. Your idea is very promising and I think if implemented will go a long way. :) I would just like to suggest as well that maybe you can extend this idea by integrating it to the international level like getting counterparts in other countries with the same agricultural difficulties. :) You may also check on my idea and comment there to help me improve it. A great day to you!

April 9, 2016 22:07

Hello Danielle, am loving your idea in Agriculture but I would suggest that the center kind of narrow down to like 2 or 3 project emphasis where they can start from been an idea. Then from there, you can key in and expand into other of your projects. Am just suggesting though but in all, you have an excellent idea.

Please kindly check our project too and advice us thanks.

My project Women and Youth Empowerment through Waste paper Recycling and Reconversion. was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Project 2016 category. Please read my idea at 
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tochukwuemelone/ideas/my-ideas/2256/ 

Thank you.