Falklands : BUSY FARMERS’ WEEK TOO GOOD TO LET GO
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 19.07.2013 (Article Archived on 16.08.2013)
The annual Farmers’ Week programme took place between Monday, 01 July and Friday, 05 July 2013.
WEEK TOO GOOD TO LET GO
The annual Farmers’ Week programme
took place between Monday, 01 July and Friday, 05 July 2013. Proceedings began with an exposition and
breakfast at the Town Hall.
Representatives from the Rural Business Association, Sheep owners
Association, Falkland Islands Conservation, Falkland Islands Meat Company,
Cable & Wireless, BFBS (SSVC), Falkland Islands Company, Standard Chartered
Bank, the KEMH, the Policy Unit, Department of Mineral Resources, the Falkland
islands Tourist Board, Falkland Islands legal Services, the Education
Department, Falkland Islands Development Corporation, FITV, AgriGap and Décor
Services displayed their wares at the expo.
After the EXPO the Rural Business
Association held a committee meeting in the Refreshment Room and this was
followed by lunch courtesy of the Ministry of Defence at Lookout camp. The Wool Company and Fire and Rescue gave
relevant demonstrations. There was an
exercise about Camp Burning to attend.
After Smoko the RBA held an annual general meeting for members
only. The RBA party was held at the
Narrows Bar for invited guests.
Tuesday began with fire training
at the FIGAS Terminal followed by Smoko.
RDS Power gave a talk before lunch provided by FIDC. After lunch FIDC gave a presentation and this
was followed by a discussion about RBA representation on boards and
committees. FIMCO presented their annual
results after smoko and this was followed by The Sheep Owners’ Association AGM
at the Chamber of Commerce. The evening
activity was an excellent variety show at the Town Hall.
The Department of Agriculture
began an excellent series of lectures and demonstrations on Wednesday. MLA Mike Summers welcomed all to the lectures
with Steve Pointing and Marcin Martychiewicz presenting CLA. John Barton lectured about the control of
livestock and Steve Pointing presented excellent results about the Hydatid
testing. Before Smoko, Zoe Luxton
lectured about farm biosecurity. Kate
Dunn introduced herself after Smoko and Andy Pollard ended the morning round of
lectures with a talk about the Farm Improvement programme. FIMCO provided lunch and lectured afterwards. Cable & Wireless gave an interesting
presentation on Wind Power with talks by Premier Oil and Falklands Conservation
ending the day.
Lectures on farm mapping and a
discussion on ditching were first past the post on Thursday with the Department
of Agriculture and the Met Office at MPC discussing the year’s weather and global
warming effects on Falklands farms.
After lunch Jo Tanner presented her lecture on Biosecurity and
Bugs. Lucy Ellis talked about the value
of a sale ram before the main question and answer session. A farmers’ discussion on Beef finishing with
Jo Tanner, Kate Dunn and John Ferguson completed the day’s presentations.
Friday morning featured a question
and answer session with Members of Legislative Assembly. After lunch there was a presentation by
Workboat Services Ltd followed by a farmers’ discussion on land erosion. Good times were had by all on Friday evening
at the Camp Education Dance.
What an excellent week it was,
with a business-like atmosphere tinged with the warmth of meeting friends and
colleagues over sumptuous Smokos. Hours
spent in preparing lectures and presentations were evident as the mountain of
information given out by a variety of speakers was informative and easily
understood. They did not disappoint.