October 30, 2003 vol ix, number 10
Solar Crop Dryer to be Available Next Year
Farmers on St. Thomas will
soon be able to dry their bush teas, i
seasonings and herbs in a commer-
cial-size solar crop dryer. At the in-
vitation of the UVI Cooperative
Extension Service, Dr. Clement K.
Sankat, chemist and agricultural
engineer, spent a few days in the
territory conducting solar crop
dryer workshops. Dr. Sankat also
designed the commercial-size dryer
located at the V.I. Institute for Ag-
Solar crop dryers are custom- Dr. Clement Sankat, ch
designed dryers made from wood never speaks to a group ab
and glass, which use heat from the ing ofsolar crop dryers, at
sun and air convection to dry crops. tural Development, where
The community dryer will be dryer will be located.
available to farmers on St. Thomas
by February 2004. Jacquel Malbranche, president and founder
of the institute, said the community dryer will be available to
certified farmers for up to 72 hours at a time.
According to Dr. Sankat, solar crop dryers are becoming
increasingly popular in the Caribbean, mainly due to rising
energy costs. Farmers who at one time used large ovens to
dry crops are now turning to a less expensive method, he
"Drying crops must be seen as part of the entire process-
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mist and agricultural engi-
out the building and design-
the VI. InstituteforAgricul-
a commercial-size solar crop
said. He hopes that once
ing system," he said, noting the
marketing potential of dried crops.
"The potential here is really for
herbs and teas." Dried herbs and
bush teas have a shelf life of up to
Dr. Sankat, chairman of the
chemistry and agricultural depart-
ments at the University of the West
Indies, Trinidad campus, travels
around the Caribbean speaking
about and designing solar crop dry-
ers. He has designed solar crop
dryers for lumber companies in
Trinidad, spice companies in
Grenada and jerk meat companies
"This is an excellent idea to build a
relatively large dryer," Dr. Sankat
farmers become familiar with the
process they will be encouraged to build their own dryers.
Farmers who attended the October workshop received
certificates. Additional workshops to educate and certify farm-
ers are scheduled for February.
The workshops were sponsored by the UVI CES, the
V.I. Energy Office, the V.I. Institute for Agricultural Devel-
opment and V.I. Dept of Agriculture.
lenge on the St.
Croix campus was
a big success. The
100 team won the
challenge with a
score of 590. The
Science 100 class
extended a good
effort with 90
points. The Sep-
tember 25 event
drew a crowd of more than 75 students, faculty and staff An-
other Freshman Jeopardy ( hl, ,o,,." is expected in the Spring
Sussman to Donate $335 K for Science and Math Research
St. John resident S.
Donald Sussman, the chair-
man ofTrustAsset Manage-
ment LLP, has agreed to a
ment to support a science
and mathematics research
and education program
hosted by the University of
the Virgin Islands.
Mr. Sussman will do- ',i. i, from left, are TrustAsset m,
nate $335,000 over the next Heidi Hansen, Bosede Bruce, Tanya
three years to provide the Howard (back), Mona ( /I,, I., at
Management C liiii 1^1 \ DonaldS,
mandatory local funds Management( Donald
Moolenaar and UVI Vice Provost
needed to secure a four-to-
photo were Winifred Walters and Ke
one matching grant fromthe Howard, Webster and JohnLewis a
Foundation's (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Com-
petitive Research (EPSCoR) program. Mr. Sussman's donation
and the NSF grant, which is subject to final approval, are ex-
pected to total more than $1.3 million.
The Virgin Islands
EPSCoR program will im-
prove science and math-
ematics research and edu-
cation for grades K-16
throughout the Virgin Is-
lands. VI-EPSCoR is ad-
ministered by the University
ofthe Virgin Islands with the
encouragement of the Vir-
iagement employees Wilbert Smith, gin Islands government.
ard Benjamin, Denroy Simon, Kwesi "Improving basic sci-
l Freida Webster with Trust Asset ence education for all stu-
ssman, UVIProvostDr. Gwen-Marie
dents is vital to the future of
r Henry Smith. Not present for the the Islands," said .
in JohnLewis. Smith, Bruce, Simon, the Virgin Islands," said Mr.
eUVIgraduates. Sussman. "It's wonderful
that I can be the anchor to
help bring federal money here. "
Trust Asset Management is a global investment manage-
ment services company based in St. Thomas.
UVI Student, CTC Translator
UVI sophomore Lorna Jno-
Lewis served as a translator at the
Caribbean Tourism Organization
(CTO) annual conference held from
October 16-18 on St. Thomas. Jno-
Lewis was a French translator for
student finalists of the CTO's "My
Caribbean Essay Contest." Students orna Jno-Lewis
from throughout the Caribbean par-
ticipated in the contest, writing about why their country/island is
the best. The finalists presented their essays at the Caribbean
Tourism Conference (CTC).
Jno-Lewis' duties included around-the-clock translation for
the duration of the conference, which mandated that she stay at
the hotel with the students.
"It was a great experience," said Jno-Lewis, who is major-
ing in education.
Jno-Lewis learned about the opportunity at her part-time
Hundreds of people from the CTO 32 member nations, travel
agents and media representatives were in the territory for the
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