Students at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) will now have an easier time preparing soil for the planting of crops as part for their Associate Degree in Agricultural Science and Entrepreneurship programme. The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries recently donated a Meccanica Benassi RL 408 tiller, valued at $10,500 XCD, to the students. Commenting on the donation, Lecturer Michker Edwards, said she welcomed the donation as it is important that students be exposed to modern practices in agricultural production and that the college provides as best as possible the necessary foundation in and exposure to such practices.
In a field such as agriculture, Edwards stressed the importance of hands-on experience, which she sees as beneficial to the development of student-managed enterprises. Chief Agricultural Officer (Ag) Renato Gumbs, also committed to donating a 1000 gallon water tank to the SVGCC’s agricultural programme.
The handing over took place at the SVGCC’s Division of Technical and Vocational Education on Friday 11th June, 2021.
Tillers are used to loosen compact soil by digging and mixing to allow for the planting of crops.