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Agricultural Services Division

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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.

 

There are four (4) stations under the purview of the Agricultural Services Division:

  1. La Reunion Plant Propagation Station
  2. St Augustine Nurseries, Curepe
  3. Marper Farm, Manzanilla
  4. National Seed Bank (formerly Chaguaramas Agricultural Development Programme)

 

Sub-divisions

Sub-divisions of the Agricultural Services Division

The Agricultural Services Division is divided into two (2) sub-divisions:

  1. Horticulture Subdivision
  2. Crop Production Subdivision 

 

Horticulture Sub-division

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.

Please be advised that the opening hours at all locations of the Agricultural Services Division (ASD) are presently from 8:00am to 12:00 noon until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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