THE BACKYARD PRODUCTION SYSTEM A Solution For Low Family Nutrition in Dominica

The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), through the USAID funded Farming Systems Research and Development Project, is currently evaluating a model Backyard Production System, designed to 1mprove the nutrition of rural small farm households in Dominica. The model, which consists of the farm household, livestock pens, feed plot, fenced vegetable plots, seedling nursery and compost heap, provided vegetables and eggs to the household at low cost. Data for 10 months show that additional vegetable consumption was 17.5kg, and 14.2kg on Farms 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Egg consumption per month Increased from 0 to 7.3, 31.6 and 36.0 and value of production was EC$617.20, $240.44 and $309.20 on Farms 1,2 and 3 respectively. Establishment costs were EC$716.12, $350.12 and $647.25 whereas monthly operating costs were EC$I41.25, $9.91 and $28.92 for Farmers 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Meat production and consumption were neglible.

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Sep 08 1985
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