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Northern Agricultural District hosts farmers and extension officers from Western District

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In an effort to encourage knowledge sharing among farmers and extension officers, the Northern District of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, hosted officials and farmers from the Western District on Thursday, 29 August 2019.

The exchange visit was organised by the Extension Division of the North, which allowed participants to visit three sites: Diamond Chocolate Estate, farms of Denrick Charles of Waltham, St Mark and Stephen Lewis of Chantimelle, St Patrick. The initiative, which was held for the first time for this year, provided a platform for agricultural officers and farmers alike to be engaged on important matters involving the sector.

“This is wonderful, I really appreciate the thought and activity today. It is important to share ideas and to experience different farms and their techniques. I think it is a good exercise,” said Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Hon. Yolande Bain Horsford.”

The participants got to understand the different stages of production of chocolate at the Diamond Estate, understand the dynamics of soursop and short crop production.

“It was very informative, very interactive; the farmers in the Western district got to see the agricultural practices utilised by farmers from the north. It allows farmers to learn from other farmers,” said participant Eamon Thomas, Extension officer with the Climate Smart and Rural Enterprise Development Project (SAEP).”

Assistant Extension officer with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Western Division Brenda Phillip also spoke highly of the session. “It gives farmers an opportunity to network with each other, explore the different geographic areas to see what different farmers do.”

The undertaking is an educational initiative which allows participants to socialise said John Jogie, Extension Officer for the North. “We want farmers to educate themselves along the line but at the same time we must socialise and interact with each other. There may be practices which may be learnt, that may be beneficial to another farmer on another holding.”

 

Ministry staff at family farms

Maximus Lazarus District Supervisor for the North spoke of the importance of having such undertaking and hopes that the event will become an annual one. “Farming is basically the oldest profession. Farmers don’t usually take a day to interact and socialise but there should be a day when farmers islandwide take a day from the farming activities.”

The day ended with a small get together at the Plains playing field in St Patrick, where farmers and other members of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands were engaged in many social activities.

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Tour guides complete phase one of Aquila International Certification training

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More than 30 tour guides in Grenada completed phase one of training facilitated by the Aquila Centre for Cruise Excellence, the official training partner of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).

Sponsored by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), the four-day training course was an opportunity for the tour guides to become master storytellers about the experiences in their country while becoming the first to have the opportunity to receive internationally recognised certification.

The course was facilitated by Claudine Pohl, Manager, International Business Development and Training at Aquila. Topics covered included, the art of storytelling, customer service excellence, daily preparation and problem-solving. The tour guides were very engaged and were happy to receive the opportunity ahead of the 2019/2020 Winter Cruise Ship Season.

Patricia Maher, Claudine Pohl, and Dean, School of Applied Arts & Technology, TAMCC, Marlene Finlay with 4 students awarded free Aquila online courses

Pohl indicated that the tour guides will now have to pass two assessments before they can receive their certification. One assessment is a multiple-choice exam in which they will need to secure a 70% pass rate or higher followed by a video component in which they will display their newly learned skills.

Apart from the participants thanking the GTA and Aquila Inc for the timely training, Co-ordinator of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Yvette Payne, said, “The programme was insightful and comprehensive. We will certainly incorporate aspects of this training into the taxi and tour guide certification programme we offer at the TAMCC.”

As part of the training, Pohl conducted two complimentary cruise tourism lectures with students of the Hospitality programme and newly implemented Tourism Studies programme at TAMCC. At the end of the lectures, Pohl presented five students with free online certification courses from Aquila.

Nautical Development Manager at the GTA, Nikoyan Roberts, congratulated the participants saying, “This is your opportunity to become the first in Grenada to be internationally certified. We look forward to better reviews coming from our visitors after experiencing your quality service.”

Addressing the participants, GTA CEO Patricia Maher urged the tour guides present to form an association. She said, “Forming an association will be critical to your development and your ability to take advantage of opportunities for training and certification. Working together as a group will be more professional, and together we are stronger.”

The training took place at the National Stadium from 9-12 September.

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Tour guides complete phase one of Aquila International Certification training

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More than 30 tour guides in Grenada completed phase one of training facilitated by the Aquila Centre for Cruise Excellence, the official training partner of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).

Sponsored by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), the four-day training course was an opportunity for the tour guides to become master storytellers about the experiences in their country while becoming the first to have the opportunity to receive internationally recognised certification.

The course was facilitated by Claudine Pohl, Manager, International Business Development and Training at Aquila. Topics covered included, the art of storytelling, customer service excellence, daily preparation and problem-solving. The tour guides were very engaged and were happy to receive the opportunity ahead of the 2019/2020 Winter Cruise Ship Season.

Patricia Maher, Claudine Pohl, and Dean, School of Applied Arts & Technology, TAMCC, Marlene Finlay with 4 students awarded free Aquila online courses

Pohl indicated that the tour guides will now have to pass two assessments before they can receive their certification. One assessment is a multiple-choice exam in which they will need to secure a 70% pass rate or higher followed by a video component in which they will display their newly learned skills.

Apart from the participants thanking the GTA and Aquila Inc for the timely training, Co-ordinator of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Yvette Payne, said, “The programme was insightful and comprehensive. We will certainly incorporate aspects of this training into the taxi and tour guide certification programme we offer at the TAMCC.”

As part of the training, Pohl conducted two complimentary cruise tourism lectures with students of the Hospitality programme and newly implemented Tourism Studies programme at TAMCC. At the end of the lectures, Pohl presented five students with free online certification courses from Aquila.

Nautical Development Manager at the GTA, Nikoyan Roberts, congratulated the participants saying, “This is your opportunity to become the first in Grenada to be internationally certified. We look forward to better reviews coming from our visitors after experiencing your quality service.”

Addressing the participants, GTA CEO Patricia Maher urged the tour guides present to form an association. She said, “Forming an association will be critical to your development and your ability to take advantage of opportunities for training and certification. Working together as a group will be more professional, and together we are stronger.”

The training took place at the National Stadium from 9-12 September.

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Vacancy: Marine Mechanic and Technician

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An opportunity is available for a
Marine Mechanic and Technician
to join a long-standing yacht charter and management company

The successful applicant must be educated to at least diploma level in a relevant background subject: mechanical/electrical, etc.

Please apply in writing with a full résumé to:
P O Box 1171, Grand Anse, St George’s

or email marinemechanicgrenada@gmail.com

Deadline for applications: 18 October 2019

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