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Written by Tony Rawlins   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:26

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management (MAFFW) in collaboration with the Colombian Presidential Agency for International Cooperation (APC-Colombia) and the Clayuca Corporation recently conducted a 2-day seminar entitled “Modern Technologies for the cultivation of Cassava in Barbados”.

The main objective of the seminar was to allow different actors of the cassava agro-productive value chain to:

  1. Discuss the current state of the cassava production and processing systems used in the country
  2. Obtain updated information about recent developments in technology for cassava production, processing and utilization and
  3. To discuss operational and organizational aspects that will have to be established in relation to the participation of Barbados in the cassava based project recently approved by the European Union that is expected to start in January 2017 through the coordination of APC-Colombia, Clayuca and the MAFFW.

Day one comprised of actors involved in different areas along the value chain, from farm gate to consumer. Approximately 40 participants were presented with various technology aspects related to cassava which were complimented by presentations from the Executive Director, Clayuca Corporation, Mr. Bernardo Ospina, who shared technologies from the Latin American experience.

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Emphasis was placed on four components that are included in a recently approved EU Funded project entitled “Development of Agro-productive Chain of Cassava as an Alternative for Poverty Reduction and Equality in Latin America Caribbean”. The project will be implemented in five Caribbean countries (Barbados, Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica and Grenada) in January 2017. The components were:

  1. Genetic resources
  2. Soil and crop management
  3. Post-harvest technologies and product and market development and
  4. Human resource development and strengthening.

The Seminar included working sessions, during which representatives of institutions that have been working in different aspects (production, processing, utilization, and product market development)of cassava, presented updated informatin on the crop.

Activities during the second day of the Seminar focused on a presentation, by Mr. Ospina, about the cassava-based project financed by the European Union. The presentation was made to members of the Cassava Promoter Group which was established during activities of a study tour conducted in Brazil last year. the study tour was part of the cooperation between APC-Colombia and the MAFFW.

By the end of the second day, the Promoter Group had been briefed about the elements and information required to update the 2016 Action Plan, developed in Brazil which will be submitted to APC-Colombia and Clayuca as the main strategy proposed for promoting sustainable development of the cassava crop in the context of the EU cassava project, during the period 2017-2021.

After the conclusion of the seminar Mr. Ospina thanked the National Cassava Coordinator, Mr. Tony Rawlins for his collaborative effort during the past two days to make the seminar and promoter group meeting two successful events. Stating, "I feel we are on solid grounds to start the implementation of the project in January 2017 under the guidance of the MAFFW and members of the promoter group/national cassava value chain committee".

Mr. Ospina arrived in Barbados on the 10th December after previously conducting similar presentations in Suriname and Guyana and left Barbados on the 14th December headed for Jamaica.

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