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New farming plan will help boost economy and health

A blueprint for transforming food production on St Helena – and making the island less dependent on imported goods – has been approved by executive councillors. The St Helena National Agricultural Policy for 2014-2020 should also help to tackle the … Continue reading

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Food imports keep rising after years of farming failures

Policy failures have been blamed for St Helena’s growing dependence on imported foods that could be raised in its own fields. A blueprint for island farming says: “The increasing demand for imported agricultural products is the result of under-investment in … Continue reading

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Farming syndicates face loss of land in efficiency drive

Groups of small-scale farmers may be prevented from using government land on St Helena under proposals in the island’s draft agriculture policy, it appears. It gives farming syndicates some of the blame for poor food production on St Helena. The … Continue reading

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Learn to fight pests and diseases, farmers are told

Farmers don’t know enough about how to combat livestock diseases and plant pests on St Helena, according to the draft agriculture policy for the island. But it also says they are not given advice quickly enough by the government – … Continue reading

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Agriculture on St Helena needs to go hi-tech, says report

New technology and innovation are needed to meet St Helena’s demand for fresh food, says the Growing Forward paper on farming. And it could take the back-breaking pain out of food production, it says – making the job more attractive … Continue reading

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Young hopefuls urged to take a risk on farming

Younger farmers with a dash of flair are needed to make agriculture more dynamic, says the Growing Forward report on ways to boost food production on  St Helena. And they need to be willing to take risks, it says. It … Continue reading

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Papaya may pay as island tries to beat fruit fly pest

Growing fruits such as mango and papaya could be encouraged on St Helena because they can stand up to the fruit flies that plague the island. The Growing Forward food report says fruit production should not be a priority alongside … Continue reading

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Food is the key to island life – and tackling its health crisis

A new body to promote food and healthy eating on St Helena is proposed in the island’s draft agriculture policy – even though it says food is already at the heart of island life. And it says the new organisation … Continue reading

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After the dry spell, paper warns of climate swings

Sharp changes in St Helena’s climate are having an increasing impact on food crops on the island. The draft agriculture paper, Growing Forward, warns that swings in the weather could have several effects. They include: lower soil fertility more soil erosion … Continue reading

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Old ways pose risk to island food plan

Stuck-in-the-mud growers have been cited as the main threat to plans for St Helena to produce more of its own food. “Inertia” and delay in changing ways of working are identified as a high risk to the island’s draft Growing … Continue reading

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