Seventeen deaf and hard of hearing people affiliated to the Stichting Surinaamse Doven Belangen (Sudobe Foundation) followed the ''Basic training in hydroponics'' on Saturday 29 January at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (LVV).
The training was provided by the Vegetable Research Department of the LVV Directorate of Agricultural Research, Marketing and Processing. The foundation had heard about hydroponic training through social media, after which it approached the Ministry with a request to provide the training to their members. This was immediately granted by LVV, the Ministry reports.
The hydroponic training for the members of Sudobe Foundation consisted of a theoretical and a practical part during which the participants were shown around the hydroponic greenhouse located on the Ministry's premises.
The participants were introduced to the different hydroponic systems, which enables them to distinguish between the crops and in which hydroponic system they can best be grown. Furthermore, they were taught the importance of seedlings, planting and maintenance in hydroponics.
The group was very enthusiastic and looks forward to follow-up training sessions. The training has stimulated them to plant their own vegetables in order to provide for their own needs. The agricultural department sees it as its duty to facilitate the community in agricultural matters through knowledge transfer. Through training, people can keep abreast of more effective agricultural methods. This will lead to the agricultural sector being lifted to greater heights. At the end of the training, the seventeen participants received a certificate in 'Basic training in hydroponics'.