Farmers See Value In CFL’s Roots And Tubers Programme

CFL Perishables Manager, Dunstan Demille with Roots & Tubers Participant, Christopher Cox from Vanard, Millet

CFL Perishables Manager, Dunstan Demille with Roots & Tubers Participant, Christopher Cox from Vanard, Millet

Consolidated Foods Limited continues to encourage farmers to get back into the production of roots and tubers in support of national initiatives to improve the island’s food and nutrition security.

This is intended to reverse a noticeable decline in production and a growing reliance on food imports. Farmers preferred to grow fast yielding crops that can be easily harvested instead of those growing in the ground.

Roots and tubers are vegetable crops and in St. Lucia the list includes sweet potatoes, yams, cassava, dasheen, banja, carrots, onions, radishes, ginger, cush cush and turmeric just  to name a few.

The challenge with these crops, according to Perishables Manager of Consolidated Foods Ltd, Dunstan Demille, is that they require a great deal of effort and time to grow.

Over the past months Consolidated Foods Limited has been engaging local farmers and agricultural agencies with the hope of getting farmers back into production or existing farmers to increase production.

CFL Farmer, Christopher Cox in field of Sweet Potato

CFL Farmer, Christopher Cox in field of Sweet Potato

The CFL’s Roots & Tubers Programme is a partnership between CFL, Renwick & Company Ltd., the Caribbean Agriculture and Research and Development Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Ministry provides incentives to local farmers to help them increase their yield of root and tuber crops in order to meet the growing market demands.

Christopher Cox, a CFL farmer from Vanard/Millet is one of the programme’s most successful participants. With a five (5) acre spread of roots and tubers including sweet potatoes, yams and sweet cassava, Cox is assisting CFL in meeting the programme objectives. According to Cox, he has shared a very long and fruitful partnership with CFL and had no difficulty agreeing to take part in the programme.

As a local farmer for over ten years, Cox believes that Agriculture presents many opportunities for job creation.

CFL’s Roots and Tubers Programme is one of the many initiatives executed by CFL to cultivate and strengthen the island’s agricultural sector whilst reducing the nation’s food import bill.

Similar initiatives include the company’s support for Agriculture in both Primary and Secondary Schools through the (HOOPS) programme and the Farmer’s Loans Programme, both of which are ongoing.

Ten Years of Educational Support for Children of CFL Employees

Members of CFL Senior Management Team Pose with 2014 Scholars“Education is the foundation for success.” This was the message that echoed during the presentation ceremony to an audience of youthful and eager faces held at the CFL Head Office last Monday. The students clad in their new school uniforms were proudly accompanied by their parents, all employees of Consolidated Foods Limited.

Ten years ago, in effort to help staff members with back-to-school expenses and Division Head of Human Resource & Training Addresses Students & Their Parentsrecognize the academic excellence of their children, the CFL Scholarships and Grants Programme was created.  As a part of this programme three full-scholarships and five grants are awarded to top performers at the Common Entrance Examination exam on a yearly basis. To date, eighty-two (82)  children have received grants and scholarships through this programme.

More in the attached press release…

CAMP LAJWA 2014: A JOYFUL RETREAT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

CFL Volunteers Add a Little More Joy to Camp Joy

picPersons with disabilities across the island gathered over the weekend to take part in yet another year of Camp Lajwa (Creole for Camp Joy) .The four day camp ,an annual activity, was held this year at the  Marigot Secondary School. In addition to the usual visits and assistance from family members of the campers and caregivers, this year Camp Lajwa had a special treat in a visit from the Unity in Community Volunteers from Consolidated Foods Limited.

For the past five years, the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) has been bringing bring joy to persons with disabilities in Saint Lucia through this special camp . Initially, separate camps were held in the North and South of the island. This year a decision was made to combine both camps were combined making this activity arguably one of the largest for persons with disabilities in St. Lucia.CFL Managing Director painting with campers

What started off as a one-day event has evolved over the years to four-day overnight camp. As a result caregivers and sponsors now have an opportunity to get more involved and more sensitized to the needs of persons with disabilities. This year, the camp’s main sponsor, Consolidated Foods Limited extended not just financial support but similarly volunteer support to the group.

Speaking on Camp Lajwa, Casim Lansiquot, 2nd Vice President of the National Council for and of Persons with Disabilities remarked, “Camp Lajwa is all about creating the ideal environment for persons with disabilities to get to know each other , spend quality time with loved ones and enjoy a relaxing time while engaging in Arts and Craft.”

CFL volunteer Evan with camperCFL‘s Managing Director, Martin Dorville says, “Camp Lajwa may not be part of an official zone in the Unity in Community project, but it represents a community of people who needed our help and it was something that our CFL volunteers felt we needed to get involved in and are extremely excited about.”

Thanks to the excellent coordination by the NCPD and the strong support received from the CFL volunteers, and family members of persons with disabilities, Camp Lajwa 2014 was a huge success.

CFL- Congratulates New Group of Certified Farmers

Farmers - Region 8Congratulations to farmers of Roseau (Region 7) and Bexon (Region 8) who participated in the Ministry of Agriculture’s Farmer Certification Programme and graduated this month.

The Farmer Certification Programme is a Public-Private sector initiative between the Ministry of Agriculture, Consolidated Foods Ltd. and the St. Lucia Marketing Board. It was established to strengthen the relationship between producers and purchasers, by improving production/marketing linkages, better defining market requirements and developing production plans to manage the supply of fresh produce.

As such the farmers who participated in the six week training programme received instruction on Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) standards on the farm, data collection, record keeping, food safety, post-harvest handling and variety selection. The GAP standards assure purchasers that fruits and vegetables grown domestically meet the highest health and safety standards. The farmers who received the six week training certificates now join the over 1000 farmers who are in the process of getting GAP certified.

Local Perishables Manager of Consolidated Foods Ltd. Dunstan Demille commends the farmers for their dedication and commitment to the programme.  He said CFL is focused on creating an environment that is supportive of agricultural production and development and will continue to work with the Ministry of Agriculture in realizing this objective. This, he said, was part of the company’s strategy of championing local products, through mutually beneficial relationships with farmers.

Farmers were encouraged to maintain the GAP standards because as this is the only way they will continue receive the incentives such as preferential pricing and favourable market access from CFL.

St. Lucia is divided into eight (8) agricultural regions which allows farmers (crop, livestock, etc) to be served throughout the island on a daily basis based on a work week.

Nine Years of Super J Sponsorship for Northern United Sports Club

Cheque presentation to Derek George (Manager) on behalf of Super J IGA Northern United Football Club.Youth development through sports continues to be a main focus of Super J IGA supermarkets. Last Saturday Super J IGA renewed its commitment to the Northern United Sports Club through the presentation of EC $10,000 to the club. The funds will be used to support the football activities of the group, in particular the Youth Development component. The presentation was made at the SAB Playing field prior to matches of the teams under 12 and under 14 teams.  The relationship between Super J and Northern is now nine years old and has improved significantly over the years.  The team continues to dominate the Gros Islet Football league and is now ranked second at the national level.

Super J IGA continues to make significant contributions to various areas of youth development on island including Sport, Education, Culture, Environment and Agriculture. Earlier this year the company donated a large quantity of equipment and supplies valued at approximately $5000 to the Super J IGA Boboville Football Club which hails from Marchard.

Managers of the two Super J IGA sponsored football teams chat as they await play.

CFL Farmers Honored at Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of CFL’s registered farmers took on a celebratory tone this year, with a Special Farmer Recognition Ceremony in observance of CFL’s tenth anniversary. Ten CFL registered farmers were recognized in a range of areas as follows:

Farmer with the Most Sales:  Sixtus John Longest Serving Farmer: Gregory Mangroo Most innovative Farmer: Nigel Williams Most Improved Farmer’s Group : Black Bay Small Farmers Co operative Most Reliable Farmer: Joseph Augustin Most Loyal Farmer (North): Marcus Gustave Most Reliable Farmer (South): John Serieux Quality and Consistency (South): Melvin Fontenelle Quality and Consistency (North): Ursulius Mesmaine Most Diversified Farmer: Patrick Biscette

Managing Director Martin Dorville congratulated farmers for the very strong partnership which the company has developed with this sector over the years.  The annual meeting is just one of many ways in which CFL engages its farmers.

Mr.  Henix President of the Black Bay Farmers group receiving the award for Most Improved Farmers Group   Mr. Marcus Gustave (fruit and vegetable farmer) receiving award for Most Loyal Farmer   Mr. Joseph Augustin (pork farmer) receiving the award for Most Reliable farmer

CFL and Farmers – A Model Relationship

Dr. Delice addressing CFL Farmers MeetingThe relationship that Consolidated Foods Ltd (CFL) enjoys with the farming community and agriculture has been hailed as a model that other private sector entities should follow with their suppliers. Dr Curt Delice, National Specialist of IICA (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture) made the comments while addressing CFL’s Annual Farmers Meeting on August 5, 2014. That meeting provides CFL with an opportunity to meet and engage the company’s registered farmers on a range of issues, including opportunities for growth and development of their businesses.

Over one hundred CFL farmers in various areas (fruit and vegetable production, livestock and poultry) attended the annual event.  In his address, Dr. Delice noted that beyond providing a market for farmers and producers, CFL has engaged itself fully in pursuing the holistic development of Agriculture in Saint Lucia through the range of initiatives being undertaken by the company to support the sector.

“CFL has apparently figured out something that many other private sector companies have not been able to do thus far.  They figured out that the people who buy their products are the farmers, and their children and their relatives.  The people who work in their stores are the children of the farmers and their relatives. They have figured out that the better off the farmer is the more he will be able to support them.  So they have rightly concluded, let’s help the farmer; let’s give him fair prices; let’s help him improve the quality of his produce;  let’s help him promote his products, because it will be to our benefit in the end,” said Delice.

$20,000 available for Community Projects in Zones C and D

Community development organizations, service clubs, schools, charitable organizations and other non-profit organizations in the Micoud to Dennery Area (Zone C) and Gros Islet (Zone D) are reminded to submit projects for funding under the Super J IGA Unity in Community Programme. The deadline for submission is NOW extended to August 15th.

The winning projects from these two geographic areas will be allocated $10,000 in the month of September to undertake the project chosen by a panel of judges.

Super J IGA Unity in Community is a Programme created to mark CFL’s tenth anniversary. It is designed to allow the company to continue to extend meaningful support to communities for social change projects.

To date, two projects have been funded under this programme; the refurbishment of the Anse La Raye Parish Hall (complete with a ramp at the location for the disabled) and the reestablishment of the Mongouge Community library. Apart from funding, each project also received volunteer support from staff of CFL.

For further information visit http://www.superjsupermarkets.com/stlucia/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42&Itemid=161.

 

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Super J IGA says $20,000 up for grabs for Zones C and D

CFL- Unity in Community LogoCommunity development organizations, service clubs, schools, charitable organizations and other non-profit organizations in the Micoud to Dennery Area (Zone C) and Gros Islet (Zone D) are being reminded to submit projects for funding under the Super J IGA Unity in Community Programme. During the month of September, the company expects to donate $10,000 each to two community projects within the two zones.

Super J IGA Unity in Community is a Programme created to mark CFL’s tenth anniversary. It is designed to allow the company to continue to extend meaningful support to communities and social change across St. Lucia. The deadline for submission of proposals for the two zones is August 4, 2014.

To date, two projects have been funded under this programme; the refurbishment of the Anse La Raye Parish Hall (complete with a ramp at the location for the disabled) and the reestablishment of the Mongouge Community library. Apart from funding each project also received volunteer support from staff of CFL.

The company is encouraging all those who qualify within Zones C and D to take advantage of the opportunity presented to submit projects for consideration.

Super J Unity in Community Programme

10419397_856133221080896_5201506255733573326_nSUPER J IGA UNITY IN COMMUNITY- NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FROM TWO (2) ZONES- ZONE C (MICOUD to DENNERY) AND ZONE D (GROS-ISLET)

Are you passionate about your community?

Do you have a project idea/proposal which you believe can benefit acommunity located between Micoud or Dennery or the community of Gros-Islet?

Do you fit one of the following categories?- school, service club, community development organization, charitable organization or other non-profit organization?

If you answered YES to the above questions, Super J IGA invites you to submit a project proposal to superjunitycommunity@gmail.com for consideration in our Unity in Community Programme.

We are now accepting proposals from groups in ZONE C (Micoud to Dennery) and Zone D (Gros-Islet). The deadline for receipt of applications and project proposals is August 4th.

Visit http://www.superjsupermarkets.com/stlucia/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43&Itemid=160 for more information on the Super J IGA Unity in Community Programme and to download the Project Guidelines and Project Sponsorship Request Form.