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Rebecca’s First Class (especially for llama farmers)

Saint student Rebecca Lawrence has gained a First Class degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences – along with experience looking after llamas. And she achieved the highest mark in her year group at The University of Nottingham for her dissertation, on the … Continue reading

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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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How Joe’s chicks flew before they hatched – with the RAF

Joe the Vet was left pondering the ultimate chicken-or-egg situation after the RMS St Helena stopped sailing to the UK. In past years, the ship’s passenger list regularly included new breeding stock for St Helena’s poultry farmers. But with visits … Continue reading

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Handouts keep cattle alive as drought dries up grazing

Distressed cattle have used up all their spare body fat as the drought on St Helena has left them without adequate grazing. Island vet Joe Hollins has been handing out feed and salt-licks to help the island’s largest livestock herds … 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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Sniff out the coffee grounds… and the bees

The forgotten coffee plantations of St Helena could be brought back to life to build on the island’s reputation for producing one of the best brews in the world. The draft agriculture blueprint for the island also recommends plotting all … Continue reading

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