Farmers

Vanuatu farmers reminded to prepare for cyclones

The cyclone season in Vanuatu runs from November to April.

Farmers are being advised to pay attention to messages sent out by authorities in the event a cyclone develops.

The department said farmers can cut off tree branches close to farm houses, remove old farm houses that are not needed, reinforce the roofing with nails or a rope and bar the windows with iron roofing or timber.

Vanuatu farmers enhance skills in seed production

Director Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vanuatu said 'This training is unique and brings together our hard working farmers from all six provinces of Vanuatu to help develop the vegetable and fruits sector to enhance seed production in Vanuatu.'

The training supports Vanuatu's Agriculture Sector Policy and Vanuatu's National Fruits and Vegetables Strategy (2017 - 2028) and the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Seed for Life Initiative.

Agriculture Week focuses light on plight of Vanuatu farmers

From the income he gets from his vegetable farm of mainly cabbage, tomato and beans, Kalses provides for his young family including his three children who currently attend elementary school.

“I have up to five hectares of land but I only farm about one hectare of that,” Kalses tells me on the corridors of Vanuatu’s National Conference Centre, one of the venues of this week’s Pacific Week of Agriculture.

Vanuatu Ministry of Agriculture Program helping farmers prepare for La Nina

But now that we are passed the El Nino period, scientists are warning that another climate extreme may be coming our way: La Nina. We are on a La Nina “Watch”, with a more than 50% likelihood of La Niña forming later in 2016 according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 

Vanuatu farmers told to save crops ahead of drought

The El Nino system has been predicted to bring long dry spells that rival the drought of 1997.

A farming system officer, Peter Iesul, says most farmers are subsistence farmers, relying on rain and live on a day to day basis.

He says the Department of Agriculture is advising farmers to implement measures to preserve crops, such as planting resilient crop varities and using mulch, dry leaves and grass to cover the soil and save water.

VIDEO: Angry scenes at farmers' protest in Brussels

Thousands of farmers have descended on the city and the European Union headquarters to demand more aid and higher prices for their milk and meat.

Outside the European Commission building, protesters responded to riot police's use of a water cannon by dumping hay on them and setting hay bales on fire.