Agriculture Team Spotlight: Luc S.
This interview was conducted by Rick Gethro Macajoux, MFK Agriculture Development Specialist & Ryan Welby, MFK Agriculture Research and Extension Program Specialist..
How long have you been working here with MFK?
I have been working at MFK since September of 2011.
What is your position?
I am an agricultural technician and machine operator.
What do you do?
I am responsible for planting peanuts and working with our research students. I manage day laborers who set up the land for preparation. I also am in charge of the maintenance of tools and making sure that things get put back in the right place. Over the past few months I have been assisting with our farmer trainings in Ounamette. I also assist with peanut testing. In December I went on a two-day long trip to test and purchase more than 6000kg of peanuts.
What is your favorite thing to do at MFK?
I like to drive tractors. Since I was a young school boy I dreamed about driving tractors and working bigger agriculture fields. So driving tractors is a dream come true for me.
Who taught you how to drive tractors?
Edward Laroche, who owns a great farm in Plaine Du Nord. He provided training to me on agriculture machines.
What do you like to do when you are not at work?
In my free time, I like to visit my garden and stay at home to rest. I would like to travel more but I do not have a lot of time to travel. I would like to visit Artibonite, where there are big rice fields, and down South where there are large plantain farms.
What has been your favorite memory at MFK?
My favorite memories at MFK are the end of year celebration. This is where all of the workers come together at the factory and have a party. Dr. Pat gives a speech about what we did at MFK. We eat good food and receive gifts. Everyone is very happy and we only work for half of the day.
What is your favorite factory food?
I really like Wednesdays when MFK has rice, bean sauce, and meat!
How has working at MFK changed your life?
Working at MFK has changed my life. With my job I am able to pay for university education for my children.