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Cattle farmers from Belladrum, West Coast Berbice, received one bull from the Ministry of Agriculture’s improved genetic material programme.
During the event at Paradise Community Centre ground, Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha handed over the breeding bull to the farmers’ group, as part of what he said are the government’s efforts to develop both the beef and dairy industry.
Two weeks ago, when President Irfaan Ali hosted a community meeting with residents from Belladrum and other surrounding villages, the cattle farmers drew to the president’s attention that they had taken note of the government’s efforts to boost the cattle industry and requested they be included. Farmers told the president they are desirous of expanding their herd but needed the necessary genetic material to do so.
While presenting the animal to the farmers the minister said “we are here to deliver on a promise made by the President to the farmers of this area. “
He also told farmers about some of the plans and programmes the government is currently working on to develop the sector in the region.
According to the minister, “Region Five is slated for major development in the agriculture sector. Almost 90% of the people in Region Five depend on Agriculture. The government has expended large amounts of money on the MMA Scheme and other parts of the region. This year alone, we’ll complete four farm-to-market roads in the region so that farmers can have better access to their farmlands. New pastures are being developed. The GLDA is currently working with IICA on a pasture development programme where grass seeds were brought in from Brazil to assist with improving existing and developing new pastures.”
GLDA also secured 64 breeding bulls from Miami to develop their breeding programme.
Residents were informed Cabinet recently approved a project valued at approximately $700 million that will see the construction of a state-of-the-art abattoir at Onverwagt.
Farmers were given assurance the ministry will assist them with their land preparation and drainage and irrigation needs.