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    Operations are well underway at the satellite centre that will provide support to the Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technology in Agriculture. Special Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture Dr. Wayne Henry made the announcement on Friday, March 27 at the launch of the Centre at the Bodles Research Station in Old Harbour, St. Catherine.
    The satellite centre, which is located in Coleyville, Manchester, will allow and facilitate demonstrations in greenhouse technology, as well as provide residential training programmes. The centre will house up to 25 persons.
    “In terms of the operations of the Centre (of Excellence), we have already started, we have enjoyed tremendous support,” Dr. Henry noted.
    He said that staffing for the facility is being planned and that, “we have a joint training committee that the centre has been working with. We do needs assessments and identify areas of training with the team at Research and Development, having joint training sessions and ensure that it’s delivered with the highest quality,” he said.
    Dr. Henry added that Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), extension officers recently completed training in data collection methodology at the centre. There are also a training of trainers, and master trainer programmes, for which the Ministry has received bids from the Netherlands, Spain, and Israel, to deliver.

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