Activity IDB-Comp. 2-4: Strengthening of Protected Vegetable Production
Country Suriname
Last update: 07/02/2019
Lead organisation organisation details Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries
Coordinator person details Iwan Samoender
Budget US - US Dollar 633,000
Project period 30/01/2016 to 30/01/2021
Countries: Suriname 
Summary This project is a component of Agricultural Innovation which is financed by the IDB.
Project research activities will include a research study on the management of environmental factors in greenhouses in a cost-effective way, a research study on the year-round production of tomatoes and lettuce under alternative greenhouse conditions and using different technologies, a testing of heat-tolerant vegetable varieties, and a marketing study on the potential of greenhouse vegetables. Activities focusing on technology transfer will include the organization of a National Horticulture Congress, the development of production manuals specifically for greenhouse production, training of farmers and extension officers in greenhouse production practices and post-harvest quality management, and information dissemination by using modern media.
Background Nowadays, there is increased interest in Suriname in the production of vegetables under protected conditions. Simple open shade houses have been in use in Surinam for decades. Tannia leaves, for example, are mostly grown under structures covered with shade mesh to protect them from the high light intensity of the sun and to some extent also from the impact of heavy rainfall. It was only around 2005 that semi-enclosed structures covered with polyethylene (i.e., greenhouses) were introduced in Surinam together with hydroponic technology for the production of mainly lettuce and tomatoes. This has become the main production technology for lettuce, enabling production in even the urban areas of Paramaribo. Other crops such as cucumbers, sweet peppers, celery, species of Chinese cabbage and herbs are also being grown in Surinam under greenhouse conditions.

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%.

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: Strengthening of vegetable production under protected conditions
Intermediate objectives:
-Increased area under protected vegetable production; and
-Better quality vegetables adhering to food safety and GAP standards.

Setup and activities 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.
(Expected) 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) 4. Research community
2. SMEs/Private sector
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
7.1 Suriname-Districts Paramaribo
Role Person name
Project leader person details Iwan Samoender
Support staff person details roel ramautar
Support staff person details Maryan Setrodikoro
Support staff person details Rinette Soeropawiro
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