SLREP to the Rescue for Students of the Roseau Combined
Contact: John Emmanuel
Friday, June 06, 2003 - An initiative on the part of
officials of the Roseau Combined School to help improve the overall learning
abilities of the hundreds of students enrolled in the institution is about to
bear fruit, literally. On Wednesday, June 4, 2003 an appeal for assistance in
helping to farm a sizable portion of agricultural lands vested in the school was
acceded to, when the St. Lucia Rural Enterprise Project (SLREP) of the Ministry
of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries handed over a significant quantity of
agri-tools and chemicals to the school officials.
The over three thousand dollars worth of supplies will help
the school modernize its farming practices and places it among close to a dozen
other educational institutions receiving assistance from the SLREP. “Some of the
other schools we have engaged in similar ventures to this one have gotten
involve in the production of rabbits as a small business,” exclaimed David
Demacque – Programme Manager of the SLREP. According to the veteran
agriculturalist, “the way this programme of assistance is conducted is that we
encourage the schools to operate and manage the initiatives as a business
proposition. I’m therefore pleased to hear that this is your intended goal, to
develop this initiative so that you can in fact learn that there is indeed a
lucrative business to be derived from this venture in relation to agricultural
production on the island.”
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