Bonaire is also an island nation that depends heavily on agricultural import. Salt Farm Foundation has been actively working on identifying opportunities to grow crops on Bonaire
since 2015 and on February 2020, we went back to Bonaire and finalised the last steps to setup test locations on Bonaire. During the trip, we met with our local team, headed by Rosemarijn De Jong, and organised an information evening for interested farmers. An outcome of this evening was eleven farmers who would like to take part in the project and test crops at their respective location. We worked together with the local policymakers and officials to facilitate the set up of new testing locations and for support for the project. We would especially like to thank Jasper Dalhuisen and Yoeri de Vries from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality for helping us set up this project. In the coming months, we will start setting up the test locations with the participating farmers on Bonaire and start testing the crops. In the next issue of our newsletter, we will provide more information about our project on Bonaire.
Salt Farm Foundation, thanks to the support of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, will continue to step-up its effort via its knowledge centre to develop and spread knowledge of saline agriculture to help the farmers and improve the food security worldwide.
Photo: Test location of a farmer on Bonaire | Information evening on Bonaire for interested farmers.