CARDI Barbados showcased its work at the recently held Agrofest, the largest agricultural exhibition in the country.
CARDI promoted the utilisation of locally grown inputs such as cassava and sweet potato peels and mulberry leaves in feed formulations for small ruminants as a means of reducing the cost of production. The institute also took the opportunity to sensitise the public to the characteristics of different varieties of hot peppers and cassava, provided growing tips for hot peppers, corn, cassava, onions and sweet potato and demonstrated propagation of cassava using one and two node cuttings. Visitors to the booth received seed samples and were encouraged by CARDI staff to start a backyard garden.
Small ruminant enthusiasts were also interested in the molasses-urea feed block display and the process by which CARDI produces pelleted feed.
Teachers from The St. Michael School and the Alleyne School were so impressed with CARDI’s presentation that they requested visits to these schools to assist with the development of agricultural programmes for their students. An education officer of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation also invited CARDI for discussions on the development of outreach programmes for interested primary schools, fitting well within the theme for this year’s show -“Youth – Farming the Future.”
Agrofest was held from 23 to 25 February at Queen’s Park, Bridgetown, Barbados.