Minister of Agriculture underscores importance of forage project to the development of the local livestock industry

Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Samantha Marshall has highly commended the progress of the Forage project which has been undertaken at the Paynters Livestock Station.

She made point this week during a visit to the site accompanied by ministry of agriculture officials and representatives from agencies which are a part of this initiative.The paynters location is one of four areas where the project is being undertaken, under the Australian Commission Direct Aid Programme in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA).

The project is considered timely as it provides drought tolerant forages for livestock farmers.

Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Samantha Marshall has highly commended the progress of the Forage project which has been undertaken at the Paynters Livestock Station.

She made point this week during a visit to the site accompanied by ministry of agriculture officials and representatives from agencies which are a part of this initiative.

The paynters location is one of four areas where the project is being undertaken, under the Australian Commission Direct Aid Programme in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA).

The project is considered timely as it provides drought tolerant forages for livestock farmers.

Minister Marshall in her remarks, highlighted the importance of such a project in light of the extensive drought period that Antigua and Barbuda is experiencing.

“Antigua and Barbuda has been going through an extended period of drought and so part of the issue with livestock farmers, is that they have had to do a lot of importation, sometimes at a costly price for them and so what we wanted to do was to look at what we had on the ground here in Antigua and Barbuda to see what was just not a good feed but also high in nutrients for the animals,” stated Ms. Marshall.

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