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Activity Strengthening of Protected Vegetable Production
Country Suriname
Last update: 25/04/2018
Countries: Suriname 
Summary This project will result in developing knowledge and information on optimal protected structures in combination with climate control measures; developing knowledge and information on protected agriculture production techniques and their cost implications; identifying alternative, low-cost solutions that fit Surinamese circumstances; Identifying heat-tolerant varieties; and sharing this information and knowledge as widely as possible through modern media, training and on-farm demonstrations.  
Background Over the past decade, the construction of semi-closed greenhouses has been far faster than that of open shade houses – between 2012 and 2015, for example, the area under greenhouses in the districts Paramaribo, Wanica, Commewijne and Saramacca increased with 59%. Many new greenhouses are currently under construction. It is expected that greenhouses will soon become the dominant ‘protected’ agricultural technology. Although still rather small in area at the moment, the total area under greenhouse production is expected to increase at least 10-fold over the next five years, if not considerably more if affordable financing can be secured. This according to the participants of the stakeholder meeting held at LVV on July, 11th, 2016. In that sense protected agriculture is a highly dynamic part of the vegetable industry, which may change the outlook of the industry quite dramatically over the next few years as it has the potential to deliver better quality vegetables, at competitive prices, year-round.
The Government of Suriname promotes vegetable production under protected conditions in order to: counterbalance the impact of climate change; raise productivity and product quality; realize a more equal supply of vegetables throughout the year; substitute for some import of expensive, high-quality vegetables; and open up export opportunities.
Objective Main objective (i.e., goal): Strengthening of vegetable production under protected conditions
Intermediate objectives (i.e., outcome):
1. Increased area under protected vegetable production; and
2. Better quality vegetables adhering to food safety and GAP standards
Resources Overall project budget is close to US$ 633,000, of which roughly US$ 370,000 will be financed by the IDB loan and US$ 260,000 by LVV (mostly salaries). Moreover, LVV will pick up the bill for electricity, water, telephone, office space, etc., which have not been accounted for in the current budget.
Results • Criteria developed for cost effective “Model structure” with the ability to effectively manage climatic conditions of Suriname.
• Year-round production of tomatoes and lettuce evaluated in ‘new model greenhouse’ and ‘old model greenhouse’ using different technology packages
• Performance of selected heat-tolerant varieties of lettuce, tomatoes, sweet pepper, cauliflower, and broccoli tested
• Better insight into market opportunities
• Linkages between the different stakeholders of the value chain strengthened.
• Production manuals developed for the five most important vegetables grown under protected agriculture conditions and disseminated to farmers
• Capacity building of key staff and growers in best practices for protected vegetable production and postharvest quality management
• Modern-media-based information products on protected horticulture production developed and distributed

List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
1.4 Target group(s) 2. SMEs/Private sector
4. Research community
2.1 Production System 2. Mixed cropping system
2.2 Production Chain 2. Production & Management
2.5a Agro-Ecology: Thermal zone 1: Tropical
2.5b Agro-ecology: Altitude zone Lowlands
2.5c Agro-Ecology: Moisture zone 3. Humid
Role Person name
Project leader person details Ms. Grace del Prado
Role Type Title Download
Project Description Policy Paper output details Strengthening of Protected Vegetable Production 731kb