Khemraj Singh and his family utilize 100 acres of farmland in Felicity to grow a variety of crops such as cabbage, sweet peppers, tomatoes and sweet potato. In all the family produces about two million pounds of sweet potato alone annually.
"Mechanization is the best way to go," says Khemraj, showing off the drip irrigation system in his cabbage field. "With this system, I can water and fertilize my fields with little wastage."
Kemraj was also able to purchase a water gun from Italy. "Long ago we used to water plants by hand with buckets, but with this system, I can water 8 acres at a time. By modernizing the farm with techology I have been able to save on labour costs.
"With backing from the Ministry of Agriculture, I have purchased more than $7,000,000.00 in machinery and equipment over the past ten years through loans from the Agricultural Development Bank. I get rebates up front on the items purchased for use on the farm. This has helped me because I can utilise that money and re-invest into the farm."