|Food Crop Research|
|Written by Stevenson Skeete|
|Wednesday, 21 April 2010 15:05|
The department does agronomic research to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of local farming. Work is done on sweet potato, cassava, hot pepper, onions, herbs and priority vegetables.
The current thrust is towards new emerging technologies such as tropical protected agriculture, organic agriculture and appropriate hydroponic systems. The aim is to help producers to improve yields while developing economical and climate-smart growing systems.
Officers in the program work along with the extension department to improve crop production.The Section also collaborates with the other agencies and institutions which have a mandate to contribute towards the development of crop production in Barbados.
The crops and activities are chosen and prioritised on the basis of the Strategic goals set out in the medium term plan of the ministry of agriculture. The program further embraces policy initiatives relating top food secuirity, good agricultural practices and social issues such as youth, gender and disability.
The food crop research program is based at the Central Agronomic Research Station, Graeme Hall, Christ Church
To take a look at our short video on aspects of the program, click here
To improve competitiveness and sustainability of the farming community by sharing accurate, relevant research information with all stakeholders.
To be the leading provider of credible, reliable research results that impact favourably on sustainable, intensive food production
To contribute to the food security of the nation through research that facilitates the consistent production of nutritious food at reasonable prices.
To promote sustainable agricultural development
To enhance the competitiveness and productivity of the agricultural sector
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Contact info (please call 4345000 to leave a message. Our phone message system is malfunctioning)
Stevenson Skeete (program leader, hot pepper) 4345097
Colin Wiltshire (Greenhouse technology) 4345101
Owen Gamble (variety sourcing and testing) 4345121
Anthony Maynard (Root crops, Onions) 4345100
Anthony Phillips (herbs and spices) 4345102
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