Strengthening through Education the Sustainability of Solanaceous Crop Production in the Western Pacific Region

Project Overview

SW99-047
Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 1999: $16,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $17,500.00
Region: Western
State: Guam
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Robert Schlub
University of Guam

Annual Reports

Commodities

  • Vegetables: eggplant, peppers

Practices

  • Crop Production: fertigation, application rate management
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, focus group, networking
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
  • Pest Management: chemical control, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, mulching - plastic, prevention, trap crops, weather monitoring, weed ecology
  • Soil Management: soil analysis, organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: urban agriculture, sustainability measures

    Abstract:

    Growers on Guam have a new production guide for eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes.
    These three Solanaceous crops are among the favorite vegetables of the family gardener
    and commercial grower. These crops are easy to grow, have a worldwide appeal in
    cooking, and many varieties produce seeds suitable for replanting. This guide sorts
    through the voluminous amount of information on these crops and presents that which is
    applicable to the tropics. The Guide is comprehensive in nature. It contains 188 pages,
    47 tables, 54 figures, 42 color plates, and 16 recipes with calorie information.

    Project objectives:

    The goal of this grant is to familiarize those interested in agriculture with all the various
    aspects of producing Solanaceous crops in the tropics. There are three objectives: (1) the
    establishment of a working group of individuals from the private and public sector that
    is interested in educating the public about Solanaceous crops; (2) the publication of a
    guide on Solanaceous crops; (3) the dissemination of information through the internet,
    classroom instruction, and newspapers.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.