Poverty Reduction through Livestock Development
This project helped to increase the production and commercialization of quality livestock products through the establishment of infrastructure and the introduction of relevant technologies and support systems. The Beausejour Agricultural Station (BAS) was established as a national centre of excellence for demonstrating technologies and good practices in livestock production and management. The project also strengthened the technical and managerial capacities of livestock farmers organizations, extension officers and veterinarians.
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Saint Lucia
June 2015–September 2018
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4,000 high-protein forage species were propagated and distributed for the establishment of forage banks on 50 small ruminant and cattle farms island-wide to supplement the nutrition of their animals and hence their productivity.
The Beausejour Agricultural Station (BAS) was established as a national centre of excellence with training, management and agricultural extension, and research facilities. A livestock policy and strategy document to guide the development of the sector for at least the next ten years was formulated.
40 small ruminant farmers, 44 broiler and layer farmers and 29 swine farmers were trained at the farmer field school; 15 livestock extension officers and 40 farmers were trained in a one-week workshop on small ruminant breeding and reproduction as well as the best management practices for livestock production, led by an expert from Jamaica.