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Barbados in search for cassava land

Three thousand acres (1,200 ha) of land may soon be dedicated to cassava production, said chief executive officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul.

He explained it was part of a plan to find a substitute to the stock feed currently used on the island.

"We are trying to identify 3,000 acres of land strictly for the cultivation of cassava. We have also made contacts out of Colombia and Venezuela where cassava is a major component in their animal feeds," he said.

Due to a rise in the cost of feed, the hunt has been on for an alternative product that brings the same quality feed as that produced with corn.

"If we can substitute at least 20% of our feed imports that will go a long way. In terms of poultry feeds, up to 20% cassava can be used while in cattle and pig feed, 50% can be added."

He also said the island's leading feed manufacturer, Pinnacle Feeds, was on board with the project to make it feasible and of a good enough quality for farmers.

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