The project is facilitated through DARD’s Assistant Agriculture Officers (AAOs) on the island of Ambrym.
Multiplication plots of vegetables and demonstration plots of root crops are established on four sites namely South East Ambrym, West Ambrym (Craig Cove and Lalinda), and Ranon, North Ambrym.
It is a World Bank funded project to assist local communities maintain food security. The project has supported these community sites by donating nursery materials, vegetable seeds and water tanks for irrigation system.
The vegetable seeds include spring onion, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, English cabbage, tomatoes, carrot and capsicum.
The island of Ambrym is famously known for its active volcano mount Benbow and mount Marum.
The island is heavily affected by the impacts of natural disasters like volcano and earthquake.
Agricultural products are greatly impacted by ash falls. Food security is essential as communities need healthy foods to survive.
Willie Ben Temart, Assistant Agriculture Officer for Craig Cove West Ambrym said “the main purpose of these multiplication plots and root crops demonstration plots is to ensure farmers have easy access to planting materials at their door step.
“Most times during disasters when planting materials are requested the process of transportation from Port Vila or Santo via sea transport, causes planting materials in bad condition before reaching destination.
AAO Temart said “these multiplication plots and demonstration plots are established to ensure planting materials are readily available when people need them in times of disaster.”
The activities at the project sites are progressing well and soon to be completed before a monitoring and evaluation exercise can be undertaken.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB) will be launching the projects on June 2019.
Photo supplied Caption: Sweet Potato plot, North Ambrym