Thursday, December 14, 2017

Puerto Rico Agriculture Dept. to offer post-Hurricane María workshops

By on November 29, 2017

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Agriculture Secretary Carlos Flores Ortega announced that his department has begun offering specialized workshops for area agronomists to foster local agriculture after Hurricane María.

The workshops will provide education on various topics, including the measurement of soil’s pH, or acidity, levels, and industrial hemp. The initiative seeks to keep area agronomists up-to-date, as they responsible for educating the farmers on the department’s extensive registry.

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The agency official said four main workshops began with Tuesday’s in the so-called Ponce and Utuado Super Region, followed by Monday’s in the Arecibo Super Region for Arecibo and Lares area agronomists. Then, on Dec. 11, a workshop will be given at Dorado’s Finca Monterrey for Naranjito and Caguas agronomists, and another will be carried out Dec. 13 in the San Germán Super Region for agronomists of San Germán and Mayagüez.

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All workshops begin at 8 a.m., with two sessions a day, one on the use of the pH meter, by staff of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez’s Agricultural Science College, and the other on the cultivation of hemp, by the agronomist Irving Rodríguez.

“It is important to keep our field agronomists well-trained in the best and most modern techniques of agricultural production and conservation of natural resources. These professionals of the agricultural sciences are the link between the government and farmers for the technological transformation of agriculture,” Flores Ortega said in a press release.

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