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Sustainable soil and water management for smallholder farms - Ramgopaul Roop & Seunarine Persad, Agricultural Development Consultant with the Trinidad and Tobago Agri-Business Association (TTABA), Trinidad and Tobago
 

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    Sustainable soil and water management for smallholder farms - Ramgopaul Roop & Seunarine Persad, Agricultural Development Consultant with the Trinidad and Tobago Agri-Business Association (TTABA), Trinidad and Tobago Sustainable soil and water management for smallholder farms - Ramgopaul Roop & Seunarine Persad, Agricultural Development Consultant with the Trinidad and Tobago Agri-Business Association (TTABA), Trinidad and Tobago Presentation Transcript

    • Integrated Soil and Water Managementfor Sustainable AgricultureinTrinidad and Tobago
      RAMGOPAUL ROOP
      Theme1: Water availability and access
      23 Nov. CTA Annual Seminar 2010
      Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Agriculture in Trinidad and TobagoOverview
      Key crops
      Cocoa, Fruit Crops, Vegetables, Root crops
      Closure of sugar industry
      0.5% GDP (2009)
      100,000 employed
      GOTT Agro Policy(2010)
      Revitalise Agriculture sector
      Reduce food import
      Agriculture incentives
    • Water Management Policy in Trinidad and Tobago 2000-2010
      Key Components
      Implementation of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
      Protection of Environmental Quality and Ecology.
      Water Management Framework for Agriculture
      Drainage, Irrigation, Livestock, Agro-Processing.
      Development of Institutional Capacity including Human Resources
    • Irrigation Technology and Management
      Potential Irrigated Acreage - 102,000 ha.
      Actual Irrigated Acreage – 7100ha(7%)
      GOTT Plans – 30,000ha (2010 – 2020)
      Key Constraints
      Water Development and Storage
      Competition for water
      Low level of Irrigation Technology
      Small Farm Size (90% of farms <5ha.)
      Sloping lands and difficult soils
    • Soil and Water Constraints
      Difficult soils
      Salinity
    • Innovative Soil and Water Management Model.
      ROOP Project 1994-2010
      Integrated Soil and Water Programme
      Soil amelioration
      Micro-irrigation including fertigation
      IPM
      Sustainable Fruit and Vegetable Production
      Demonstration farm
      Farmers
      Agriculture students.
    • FIX THE SOIL
      AN INNOVATIVE MODEL FARM
      Integrated farming system
      GOOGLE MAP OF FARM
      FARM LAYOUT
    • ConclusionAction Plan for S&W Management
      Infrastructure Development
      Drainage and Irrigation
      Expansion of small farm sector
      7000 new small farms
      Utilisation of 40,000 ha former sugarcane lands
      Research and Development
      Irrigation efficiency, on-farm irrigation,
      Flood Control
      Water Quality Integrity
    • Thank You...