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Broiler and Feed Firms Hold Farmers' Workshop

by 5m Editor
21 July 2011, at 9:15am

ANTIGUA - This week's workshop supported local poultry farmers.

Livestock farmers benefitted this week through a series of regional workshops planned in collaboration with the Caribbean Broilers Group, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) and the Caribbean Poultry Association.

Caribarena reports that the workshop was held at the Multi-Purpose Cultural Centre, and consisted of various presentations and demonstrations of best practices for livestock and small ruminants rearing/management.

This one-day workshop brought together about 65 farmers. Dr Keith Amiel, Corporate Affairs Manager for Caribbean Broilers Group, provided information on the trends in the livestock industry, as well as the vision and goals required to enhanced productivity.

Dr Cedric Lazarus (FAO Livestock Officer), Dr Desmond A. Ali (Executive Director of Caribbean Poultry Association), Dr Gabrielle Young (Food Animal Veterinarian for Nutramix Feeds) and Dominique Rose (Export manager) completed the team on regional experts conducting the workshops.

Dr Amiel said the workshop was held in accordance with the Caribbean Broilers Group's commitment to service Nutramix customers and associates, while helping farmers improve profitability through technology.

Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Housing & the Environment, Hilson Baptiste, said: "Workshops like this one is a wonderful opportunity to share information regarding the management of poultry and the future of the industry. It also shows the strong level of commitment by the Caribbean Broilers Group to the servicing of what they sell to enhance the livestock sector."

The minister emphasized that the shift in the technological age has rendered the agriculture sector, saying it is: "more scientific today, and in keeping with this change, the government has plans to expand the list of special considerations given to farmers to include feeds".