Ngchesar women undergo hydroponic farming workshop
Oldiais Women’s Association (OWA) members take part in the recent Seed Management and Maintenance Training/Workshop at the Hydroponics Green House Facility in Ngchesar
On April 17, a Seed Maintenance and Management Training was conducted by Professor Aurora Del Rosario and Mr. Felix Sengebau of PCC-CRE for members of the Oldiais Women’s Association (OWA). PCC-CRE and the Bureau of Agriculture (BOA) have partnered with OWA to implement a hydroponics pilot project in Ngchesar State. Dr. Rosario is with the Cooperative Research and Extension (CRE) Program at the Palau Community College. [restrict]
This pilot project is funded by a $50,000 grant from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) – Small Grants Program (SGP).
The training consisted of hands-on training and lectures on propagating seeds, seed maintenance and management. Professor Del Rosario lectured on proper maintenance of seeds to ensure that maximum number of seeds germinate in order to increase production and minimize costs.
Sengebau spoke on the proper construction of the plant tables. Also included in his lecture was hands-on training on how to correctly space plants on the tables.
These plants will be used in the second phase of the project, which involves the proper placement of the plants on the tables and the addition of water and nutrients to grow tomato and various vegetables. Literature found in internet shows that hydroponics farming produces more per an acre compared to land farming. Additionally, hydroponics farming utilizes less water compared to other traditional farming methods.
The next training is scheduled for April 27-28, 2017 at the Hydroponics Green House Facility in Ngchesar State. Interested individuals may inquire through the Ngchesar State Government office in Koror at phone number 488-2636 or 488-5881.
OWA and Ngchesar State Government wish to thank Professor Del Rosario and Mr. Sengebau for their continuing support during this phase of the pilot project. Good job OWA members and thank you GEF-SGP! [/restrict]