Agriculture Minister Tours Farm Sites

The tour got started at Belle Vue estate where land that is earmarked for forage development is being established.  The aim is to develop high protein animal feed, targeting large and small ruminants for example, cattle, sheep and goat, according to official sources.  If successful, this project will lead to an alternative source of animal food and a resultant increase in the market weight of animals. 

Four livestock farmers are participating in the pilot project.  The other projects are located at Mansion and St Peters.  At Mansion Estate, Dr Harris met with participating farmers where positive reviews were given by the farmers. 

Some thirteen farmers will be engaged in cyclic production of selected fruits and vegetables which include pineapples, papayas, string beans, tomatoes, melons, carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkins. 

Their efforts would be supported by a 1 million gallon dam supplying water to farms during the dry season. 

At St Peters, the Senior Minister toured the site for the production of forage targeted at sheep and goats 

Dr Harris informed the farmers that he has prayed for the success of the project “We are fortunate to be one of four countries namely; St Lucia, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and St Kitts and Nevis, selected to participate in this project which has been called “Improving the Nutrition and Health of CARICOM Populations”. 

The project is aimed at tackling nutritional problems of overdependence on imported energy dense food that has created a paradox of obesity, under-nutrition and related health problems in the Caribbean.  The project should be a win-win situation for all stakeholders with several benefits accruing to the farmers”.  Dr Harris said that the increase and extended production cycle would lead to increased output and result in higher incomes to the farmers.

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