Caribbean Week of Agriculture News

The 10th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) is being held in Roseau, Dominica from the 9th to 15th October 2011.  For news on CWA activities please read the following reports / press releases:

  • Agricultural lands under threat in the Caribbean The increasing possibility of more arable lands in the Caribbean falling out of production due to salination (lacking in organic content on account of rising sea levels and salt water intrusion) is of great concern to the region’s agronomists.

Professor Nazeer Ahmad, Professor Emeritus, University of the West Indies, said some 9,000 hectares of land in Jamaica alone is out of production because of saline water intrusion. The case is even more chronic in some other Caribbean nations. He was addressing the topic of “Soil water management system for a drier Caribbean” at a Climate Change Adaptation in Caribbean Agriculture workshop hosted by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) as part of the CWA activities.

  • Rainwater is King.  Expert says rainfall is king both for water supply and agriculture.  Caribbean nations must be more cognizant of the importance of its rainwater resources, more so in this era of climate change.  That’s the view of the University of the West Indies’, Dr. Michael Taylor as he addressed environment and agriculture stakeholders at the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation (CTA) Climate Change Adaptation – Water Management workshop, which was held at Roseau’s Pastoral Centre.

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