More than 30 pig and poultry farmers received training this week on how to improve the quality and quantity of production on island from representatives of Caribbean Broilers Group Jamaica.
Dr Selvyn Maloney’s company Farmgate Inc. collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture to host a two-day workshop for poultry and pig farmers. Mark Haskins, CEO of Caribbean Broilers Group Jamaica along with Dr Audrey McNab and Silburn Thomas are facilitating the sessions.
Mrs Daphne Cassell, Permanent Secretary in the ministry said at the opening ceremony on Thursday, November 17 that the workshop was part of the continued effort to increase local food production.
Hon Minister of Agriculture Claude Hogan welcomed the training. He stated the increase in local production of eggs, broilers and pork would mean millions of dollars remaining in the economy rather than sent abroad due to the high cost of importing food. He asked the farmers to pass the savings on to the consumers so everyone could benefit.
Haskins said although the Montserrat is quite small compared to Jamaica, it was still important to support the needs of the local farmers.
One of the aims is to increase the quantity of local eggs on the market to eliminate the moments of no eggs on the market.