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(Photo: NOW Grenada)

Grenada’s Agricultural Division in Carriacou boasts increased crop production

(Photo: NOW Grenada)

The Division in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs & Local Government is boasting increased crop production at Government-operated farms in Carriacou for 2020, so far.

Despite the global slowdown in various sectors due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Benson Patrice, senior agricultural officer in the division, attributed the boost in production levels to an emphasis on backyard gardening as a means of food security.

Senior agricultural officer in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs & Local Government Benson Patrice (Photo courtesy of Grenada’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land)

Over 15 acres of land have been cultivated at the three Government-operated farms, on the island: The Belair Plant Nursery, Dumfries Propagation Centre, and the Limlair Livestock Station.

The ministry also distributed more than 12,000 vegetable seedlings for production in a wide variety of areas and sold to farmers, while more than 170 gardens on the island received the Government’s plough service.

Surpassing records, beating history

According to Patrice, the data is already record-breaking in comparison to past years and speaks volumes to the strength of the agricultural sector in Carriacou.

“Benson Patrice, senior agricultural officer in the division, attributed the boost in production levels to an emphasis on backyard gardening as a means of food security.”

In Petite Martinique, the Agricultural Division has also reported success in the production of crops. Notwithstanding, the division was unable to render the plough service on the island this year, and farmers instead had to use a small rototiller in the production process.

To this ends, Patrice announced that this disparity will soon become a thing of the past, as the division has secured a new plough tractor for the island from a generous contribution made by the People’s Republic of China.

Grenada’s Minister of Agriculture and Lands Yolande Bain-Horsford joins Ambassador Dr Zhao Yongchen in cutting the ribbon as a sign of accepting the donation of equipment and supplies from the Chinese Agricultural Mission. (Photo: NOW Grenada)

He also pointed out that, as a means of promoting and encouraging youth to get involved in the sector, the Agricultural Division continues to run its 4H Programme throughout most schools on the island, focusing on practical agriculture and life skills, as well as providing incentive support under its Food Security Initiative Programme.