The Surinam SME grower George Karan has been declared the most sustainable SME farm in Suriname by the Sustainable Development Foundation Suriname (d'ONS) and partners on Friday, 22 October 2021.
The grower received the first prize. He is a full-time grower and owns about 10 hectares which are fully planted. In addition, the grower rents land to increase his production capacity and to guarantee continuity to his customers.
The grower has been active in the agricultural sector for more than 30 years. A few years ago, he successfully completed the "plant doctor" training and has since switched to sustainable farming. The jury found it surprising that the grower works with innovative technology to manage his crop rotation system. Over the years, George farming has invested in a fleet of machines that he regularly uses for tillage and crop rotation. Karan uses mainly organic substances.
George farming is from the Saramacca district. The two other winners were Dennis Parmo from the Commewijne district (2nd place) and Mr. Matau from the Wanica district. Parmo and Matau received € 500 and €250 respectively.
The award ceremony took place in the Royal Ballroom of hotel Torarica for a small and select gathering. The winners were congratulated digitally from the Netherlands by d'ONS Foundation president Rob Baan and on-site by the foundation's ambassador. Joyce Sylvester and the foundation's director, Hendrik Comvalius.
Source: d'ONS Foundation