Activity IDB-Comp. 2-1 Strengthening of Open Field Vegetable Production
Country Suriname
Last update: 14/06/2018
Lead organisation organisation details Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Mrs. Maitrie Jagroep
Budget US - US Dollar 884,000
Project period 30/01/2016 to 30/01/2021
Countries: Suriname 
Summary There are some 3,000 to 4,000 vegetable producers in Surinam. Most of them are part-time farmers producing on small plots (i.e., 1600-3200 m2 on average) that are not always appropriate for vegetable production (i.e., insufficient drainage). Except for land preparation, mechanization of vegetable production is minimal. Pesticides, however, are applied widely, but not always appropriately. Lack of effective control on the use of pesticides impedes access of Surinamese vegetables to most export markets and/or forces exporters to have each consignment tested.

Yields of several local vegetable varieties will be improved by replacing the current, deteriorated seed stock by seed that has been cleaned by LVV’s seed unit. At the same time farmers will be trained in how to save good quality seeds in order to slow down future deterioration (output 1).

Improved production practices based on ICM and IPM will be developed and validated (output 2) and new production manuals for seven selected vegetables will be developed and released (output 3). The transfer of knowledge regarding ICM and IPM in vegetable production is further strengthened by training, on-farm demonstrations and YouTube instruction videos (output 4). This should also help vegetable growers to comply with food safety standards, which are expected to be enforced more rigorously in Suriname in the near future.
This project is a component of the Strengthening of Agricultural Innovation which is financed by the IDB.
Background The main vegetable production areas targeting the market are concentrated in the districts: Saramacca, Wanica, Para, and Commewijne. According to the Agricultural Census of 2008, there are 10,188 family farms of which 4,189 are in the above mentioned districts. Most of them are part-time farmers active in the horticulture sector. On average, they have some 1600-3200 m2 in production for vegetables. They typically focus on monoculture of a specific vegetable crop during several growing seasons. Most of the labour input is coming from family members or day laborers. Except for land preparation, hardly any mechanization is being used. The education level of most of the farmers is low and production activities are funded with mainly own capital. Produce is usually sold to traders. Risks in vegetable production are relatively high – crops are relatively sensitive to weather conditions, pests and diseases. Nevertheless, vegetable production is attractive because of its relatively short production cycle and high value of output per square meter.
Objective Main objective: Strengthening of the vegetable sector in Surinam
Intermediate objectives:
1. Enhanced productivity of the vegetable crops targeted; and
2. Improved compliance with food safety and GAP standards.

Setup and activities Overall budget of the project is about US$ 884,000 of which roughly US$ 546,000 will be financed by the IDB loan and US$337,000 by LVV.
(Expected) Results • Better quality vegetable seeds (or tubers in the case of sweet potato) made available to farmers.
• Selected new production recommendations validated
• New production manuals for open- field vegetables released and promoted
• Vegetables growers informed of and trained in best production practices
• Key data collected for the production manual, the result matrix and the impact study
• Increased productivity
• Increased compliance with food safety and Gap standards
List Keywords
1.1 Socio- economic Sector (OECD) 311 Agriculture
1.4 Target group(s) 2. SMEs/Private sector
4. Research community
2.2 Production Chain 3. Pest & Disease Control
2. Production & Management
2.3 Commodity group Food crops
2.4 Food Crops Eggplant (Solanum)
Beans (Phaseolus)
7.1 Suriname-Districts Saramacca
Role Person name
Project leader person details Mrs. Maitrie Jagroep
Support staff person details Mrs. Antoinette Djoeneri
Support staff person details Chanderdew Kesharie
Support staff person details Daniella Mitrosentono
Relation Activity
Project of Programme project details IDB-Comp.: Agricultural Competitiveness Program
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Project Description Working paper output details IDB-Comp. 2-1: Strengthening of Open Field Vegetable Production 685kb