|Volunteers Trevor Hylton and Brian Rosa examine butternut squash crop with Hauraruni members|
We are excited to announce that their hard work has paid off and Hauraruni has reached its goal: they have recently exported their first crop to Antigua and Barbados! Whereas only 60% of the crop - butternut squash - was expected to be deemed export quality, a startling 91% was determined to be high enough quality for export. The farmers are able to sell the remaining crop to local markets, and they are planning to send a 200 lb sample to New York City. This achievement is a significant success since small-scale farmers in Guyana are rarely able to produce a sufficient amount of crops of export quality and, even so, to make the linkages to export markets.
|FTF Volunteers meet with IICA Representative Mr. Jean|
|Hauraruni Friendly Farmers Society Chairman Mr. Fredericks working in shadehouse, 2009|
|Mr. Fredericks explains problems with soil preparation, April 2010|
|Fields were being prepared for first crop, papaya, during visit of Volunteer Pete Wotowiec in June 2010|
|Volunteers and Chairman Fredericks taking a break from harvesting squash, Sept 2010|
|Assessing vegetables produced with hydroponics, Sept 2010|