CARDI, under the CARICOM Regional Transformation Programme for Agriculture, now being operationalised by the ‘Jagdeo Initiative’, has lead responsibility for the development of regional sweet potato industry. CARDI’s sweet potatoes programme uses the commodity value chain approach (Figure 1) to pursue the development of the regional industry. Actions being undertaking by CARDI along the commodity value chain include the characterisation of sweet potato varieties found in various countries for production, productivity and value added products (flour, fries, juice, etc), multiplication and distribution of disease-free planting material to farmers, development and transfer of production technologies and investment profiles, identification and transfer of low resource and cost effective post harvest techniques and capacity building in stakeholders of sweet potato Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tactics.
Construction and use of pheromone traps in sweet potato production. [1990s]. Lawrence J and Myers P. [St. Augustine, Trinidad]:Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute. Keywords: Sweet potato, Pests, Pest control, Sweet potato weevil, Cylas formicarius
Integrated pest management of the sweet potato weevil. [1990s]. Lawrence J. [St. Augustine, Trinidad]: Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute. Keywords: Integrated pest management, Sweet potato, Pests, Sweet potato weevil, Cylas formicarius
Dalip, K M. 2002. Integrated Pest Management: General principles of IPM and strategies used against the sweet potato weevil, Cylas formicarius. Presentation at Sweet potato Open Day/Symposium, St Kitts, November 26, 2002.
Titus P and Dalip K. 2006.Managing the white grub Phyllophaga spp. (Coleoptera:Scarabaeidae) affecting sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas L (Convolulaceae) in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Food Crops Society, Puerto Rico, 9-15 July, 2006.
Jackson D M, Lawrence J*, Dalip K M*, Chung P, Clarke-Harris D*, Bohac J R, Tolin S, Edwards, C and Seal D R. 2003.The sweet potato leaf beetle, Typophorus nigritus viridicyaneus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), an emerging pest in Jamaica: distribution and host plant resistance. Tropical Agriculture (Trinidad) 80: 235-242 *CARDI
Titus P, Lawrence J and Reid N. 2013. Strengthening the food basket of the Caribbean region: CARDI’s contribution to the development of the cassava industry over the past three decades, rev edn. St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute. September 2013 (revised)