February 24, 2015
Cuban specialist assisting with livestock development programme

Over the next three months, farmers across St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) will be given the opportunity to enhance their farming techniques when dealing with cattle and goats.{{more}}

In a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Cuban Embassy here, Dr Adael Bernal-Sol, a reproduction specialist from Cuba, arrived here on Friday, February 20, as part of the Livestock Development through Artificial Insemination (AI) and Breeding Programme.

According to the programme’s lead coordinator, Dr Coleen Phillips, Dr Bernal-Sol will be responsible for carrying out a general assessment on livestock production in SVG, train technical staff, work along with Ministry officials at various government stations and provide artificial insemination (AI) to commercial farmers.

Dr Phillips added that a series of farmers’ consultations will be held in community centres and learning resource centres throughout the country.

These meetings will discuss issues of livestock development, as the Ministry embarks upon initiating artificial insemination (AI) in small and large ruminants.

The meeting dates are as follows:

Monday, February 23, Fitz-Hughes Learning Resource Centre 4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24, Ministry of Agriculture Conference room 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24, Vermont Community Centre 5 p.m.

Wednesday, February 25, Evesham Learning Resource Centre 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 26, Georgetown Community Centre 10 a.m.

Friday, February 27, South Central Windward Learning Resource Centre 1 p.m.

Friday February 27, Biabou Learning Resource Centre 4:30 p.m.

Farmers are asked to make a special effort to attend these meetings.