Some aspects of crop/livestock production in the Eastern Caribbean - A review

Pasture and livestock development activities carried out under the CARDI FSR/D programme were reviewed. Studies in Barbados have shown that 25, 40 and 100% of the imported maize in broiler starter, finisher and pig starter rations respectively can be replaced by locally produced cassava. Peanut and sweet potato residues were identified as potential livestock feeds in south-eastern St. Vincent. Pasture and forage bank establishment have taken place in Dominica, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent. In integrated production systems studies in Dominica, the cut and carry system has reduced the labour requirement of animal production. With some country - specific modifications, it could be extended to other, wetter parts of the region. Improved livestock management systems in Dominica have increased both animal production and vegetable yields, while producing cooking gas through the efficient use of animal manure. Improved rams have been introduced into St. Lucia and St. Vincent, while deworming of sheep at 6 to 8 week intervals has kept internal parasites at manageable levels. Suggestions are made as to the direction of future work.


Issue Date:
Aug 23 1987
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
Language:
English
Total Pages:
7




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