The Government in Barbados has provided $400 000 to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) to conduct feasibility studies to replace a percentage of corn in animal feed with cassava.
He added that one of the three manufacturers, Pinnacle Feeds, was
already on board and willing to supplement about 30 per cent of its corn with
cassava. “Of course, they will be purchasing that cassava at the same price that
they now pay for the corn,” Clarke noted.
In addition, he
said the BAS was working with the Barbados Egg and Poultry Producers Association
to garner some technical assistance from the International Centre for Tropical
Agriculture based in Colombia, which has identified some varieties of cassava to
develop agronomic practices for local conditions.
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