Merfy Jirolien, Journalist, Bon Nouvel, Haiti
Terrier Rouge is a community in the North-East department of Haiti situated at 36 kilometers from Cap-Haitien, the main city of the North. In 1984 the Episcopalian Church of Haiti established an agricultural technical school to train young men and women in the field of agriculture and the cultivation of vegetables in particular.
In early 2001, this centre had 37 students in the first year, with three women among them. The second year is being attended by 36 students (one woman in this group). The diploma course lasts two years, with one- week breaks following each trimester.
Sisal is the main crop that the community of Terrier-Rouge used to grow. Two factories, Fayeton and Derak, used to buy the peasant’s production of sisal.
In 1986, when the Dauphin factory closed its operations, the inhabitants turned to raising cattle, because many people believed that the land could not grow anything else than sisal.
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