Introducing project beneficiaries to sustainable agricultural practices

CARDI Jamaica commemorated CARDI Day 2021 by inviting the project management team and some female beneficiaries of the Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean (SAC) project to tour the Unit’s operations at the Sam Motta Goat and Sheep Demonstration and Training Centre (SMDTC) in Manchester, on 13th December. The group was led by Country Coordinator for the project, Nelsa English Johnson.



The visit to the SMDTC served to introduce the project’s executives and beneficiaries to sustainable practices used in integrated farming systems. The visiting team saw first[1]hand how mined out bauxite land can be brought into productive use. Guests were taken on a tour of the facility by Animal Productionist, Albert Fearon, who was assisted by Technicians, Bruce Thomas and Mario Jackson. Here they saw various goat and sheep breeds; different types of forages, rainwater harvesting systems, protected agriculture structures, small ruminant housing, various aspects of silage preparation and composting techniques.



SAC is a 5-year project being implemented in the Caribbean by the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) with funding (CAN $20 m) from Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The project seeks to promote climate-resilient agriculture for equitable economic growth to increase the economic prosperity of women and youth (female & male) in more sustainable agricultural markets in the Caribbean. The participating countries are Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Suriname.



CARDI Representative (Ag.) in Jamaica, Dionne Clarke-Harris, in welcoming the group to SMDTC, expressed that a partnership between CARDI and SAC was a perfect opportunity, given the congruence of SAC’s work programme with components of CARDI’s current strategic plan.


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