Agricultural Services Division
Agricultural Services Division
The key responsibilities of the Agricultural Services Division are as follows:
- To produce high quality agricultural planting material for sale to the farming community and the general public thereby contributing to improved food security.
- To expand and conserve germplasm collections of strategic crops of agricultural importance in live genebanks and /or cold storage, so as to ensure sustainability of the Agriculture Sector, for the benefit of both the present and future generations.
The Agricultural Services Division (ASD) is pleased to advise that our Sales Offices will be opened from Wednesday 23rd June 2021, with the implementation of an Appointment and a Pre-Order System for our customers. For further information please click on the following link: https://agriculture.gov.tt/media-releases/re-opening-of-sales-offices-appointment-and-pre-order-system-only/
There are four (4) stations under the purview of the Agricultural Services Division:
- La Reunion Plant Propagation Station
- St Augustine Nurseries, Curepe
- Marper Farm, Manzanilla
- National Seed Bank
Sub-divisions of the Agricultural Services Division
The Agricultural Services Division is divided into two (2) sub-divisions:
- Horticulture Subdivision
- Crop Production Subdivision
The Horticulture sub-division encompasses three stations: the La Reunion Plant Propagation Station, the St. Augustine Nurseries and Marper Farm.
At the La Reunion Plant Propagation Station, major emphasis is placed on the production of cocoa plants, breadfruit and coffee as well as avocado, mango and minor fruits nursery plants.
The St. Augustine Nurseries is responsible for the production of citrus nursery plants, mango, avocado, other minor fruit plants as well herbs and spices and selected ornamentals.
Marper Farm propagates avocado, mango, minor fruit, bananas and coconut plants. Various tree crop types are maintained and conserved at all stations including Marper Farm where particular emphasis is placed on the conservation of cocoa germplasm.
Crop Production Sub-division
The Crop Production sub-division comprises of one station, the National Seed Bank (formerly known as the Chaguaramas Agricultural Development Project) which is located at Tucker Valley, Chaguaramas and is responsible for producing locally adapted, true seed material e.g. corn, pigeon peas, ochro, bodi, pumpkin, melongene, hot pepper and other local vegetables. The National Seed Bank is also mandated to conserve germplasm collections of key strategic crops of agricultural importance under cold storage conditions. In addition, root crop planting material are also cultivated and sold at this station such as cassava and sweet potato.
Local seeds are packaged and are sold at all county offices, National Seed Bank, St. Augustine Nurseries, La Reunion Plant Propagation Station and Marper Farm.
PUBLIC NOTICE – Change in Business Hours at the Agricultural Services Division
- St. Augustine Nurseries (Director/Administrative Office) and La Reunion Plant Propagation Station
Office Hours: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Marper Farm and the National Seed Bank (NSB)
Office Hours: 8:00am – 12:00pm
- Marper Farm (Mondays – Thursdays)
Sales Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm