The annual Farmers Week programme took place between Monday, 01 July and Friday, 05 July 2013. Proceedings began with an exposition and breakfast at the Town Hall. Representatives from the Rural Business Association, Sheep owners Association, Falkland Islands Conservation, Falkland Islands Meat Company, Cable & Wireless, BFBS (SSVC), Falkland Islands Company, Standard Chartered Bank, the KEMH, the Policy Unit, Department of Mineral Resources, the Falkland islands Tourist Board, Falkland Islands legal Services, the Education Department, Falkland Islands Development Corporation, FITV, AgriGap and Décor Services displayed their wares at the expo.
After the EXPO the Rural Business Association held a committee meeting in the Refreshment Room and this was followed by lunch courtesy of the Ministry of Defence at Lookout camp. The Wool Company and Fire and Rescue gave relevant demonstrations. There was an exercise about Camp Burning to attend. After Smoko the RBA held an annual general meeting for members only. The RBA party was held at the Narrows Bar for invited guests.
Tuesday began with fire training at the FIGAS Terminal followed by Smoko. RDS Power gave a talk before lunch provided by FIDC. After lunch FIDC gave a presentation and this was followed by a discussion about RBA representation on boards and committees. FIMCO presented their annual results after smoko and this was followed by The Sheep Owners Association AGM at the Chamber of Commerce. The evening activity was an excellent variety show at the Town Hall.
The Department of Agriculture began an excellent series of lectures and demonstrations on Wednesday. MLA Mike Summers welcomed all to the lectures with Steve Pointing and Marcin Martychiewicz presenting CLA. John Barton lectured about the control of livestock and Steve Pointing presented excellent results about the Hydatid testing. Before Smoko, Zoe Luxton lectured about farm biosecurity. Kate Dunn introduced herself after Smoko and Andy Pollard ended the morning round of lectures with a talk about the Farm Improvement programme. FIMCO provided lunch and lectured afterwards. Cable & Wireless gave an interesting presentation on Wind Power with talks by Premier Oil and Falklands Conservation ending the day.
Lectures on farm mapping and a discussion on ditching were first past the post on Thursday with the Department of Agriculture and the Met Office at MPC discussing the years weather and global warming effects on Falklands farms. After lunch Jo Tanner presented her lecture on Biosecurity and Bugs. Lucy Ellis talked about the value of a sale ram before the main question and answer session. A farmers discussion on Beef finishing with Jo Tanner, Kate Dunn and John Ferguson completed the days presentations.
Friday morning featured a question and answer session with Members of Legislative Assembly. After lunch there was a presentation by Workboat Services Ltd followed by a farmers discussion on land erosion. Good times were had by all on Friday evening at the Camp Education Dance.
What an excellent week it was, with a business-like atmosphere tinged with the warmth of meeting friends and colleagues over sumptuous Smokos. Hours spent in preparing lectures and presentations were evident as the mountain of information given out by a variety of speakers was informative and easily understood. They did not disappoint.