Plans are well underway to officially observe the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) Day in Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday.
The event will highlight the importance of agriculture and agricultural research to economic development and improved livelihoods.
CARDI Day will also recognize the institute’s existing collaborators and researchers which have played a major role in making its work possible.
The Ministries of Agriculture in member states have been identified as valued partners that have worked hand in hand with the institute on priority setting exercises.
CARDI’s Representative for Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat, Mr. Paul Lucas noted that in 2019, CARDI Antigua and Barbuda focused on seed management, germplasm collections, varietal trials, high quality forages and value chain development.
According to Mr. Lucas, important themes which were considered included water resource management, conservation agriculture, improved agronomic techniques, roots and tubers (sweet potato and cassava), support of livestock farmers and technical services.
The CARDI Representative for Antigua and Barbuda and Montserrat has assured the public that partnerships and strategic linkages will continue to feature significantly in this unit’s mission to support stakeholders in the agricultural sector and to improve national and regional impact into 2020.
CARDI Day on Thursday, 5th December 2019 will mark the celebration of 45 years of service to regional agriculture and its development.