Crop and livestock farmers, as well as householders, will soon be equipped with the skills to construct state-of-the-art water tanks. The devices can be useful in the agricultural, tourism and manufacturing sectors, as well as for domestic use.

The?? opportunity will come with the staging of a five-day workshop on Ferro-cement Technology, which has been used extensively in China, Cuba, India and other developing and developed countries to build storage tanks, fishing boats and houses. The technology is competitive, in comparison with other methods and would provide farmers with a cost-effective method to meet their water and irrigation needs.

The workshop, which will run from next Monday, August 10, to Friday, August 14, at the Apostolic Teaching Centre, Balls Plantation, Christ Church, comes against the backdrop of the recent debate on the need for rainwater collection, storage and utilisation, and its inclusion in Town and Country Planning regulations, especially in light of the recent increase in water rates.

The seminar, which is a collaborative exercise involving the Ministry of Agriculture, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture and the Apostolic Teaching Centre, will begin at 8:00 a.m. daily and all interested persons are invited to observe the proceedings.

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