|Seminar on Cassava Cultivation in Barbados|
|Written by Tony Rawlins|
|Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:26|
The main objective of the seminar was to allow different actors of the cassava agro-productive value chain to:
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.
Emphasis was placed on four components that are included in a recently approvedÂÂ EU Funded project entitled “Development of Agro-productive Chain of Cassava as an Alternative for Poverty Reduction and Equality in Latin America Caribbean”. The projectÂÂ will be implemented in five Caribbean countries (Barbados, Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica and Grenada) in January 2017. The components were:
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 wasÂÂ part of the cooperation between APC-Colombia and the MAFFW.
By the end of the second day, the Promoter Group hadÂÂ been briefed aboutÂÂ the elements and information required to update the 2016 Action Plan, developed in BrazilÂÂ 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.