Chaguaramas Agricultural Development Programme/El Carmen Seed Unit
The Chaguaramas Agricultural Development Project (CADP). It was established in 1971 by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in collaboration with the Federal Republic of West Germany on approximately 200 ha of land in Tucker Valley, Chaguaramas. The main programme at CADP concentrated on commercial production of true seed, particularly of vegetables, bodi, hot pepper, sorrel, pumpkin, pigeon pea, ochro, melongene and corn. CADP has the responsibility of catering to an ever increasing demand for these seeds from the farming public. This facility reduces the nation’s dependency on imported seed.
By cabinet Minute No. 467 of March 6, 2008 it was agreed that the activities of CADP would be relocated to the El Carmen Field Station, Centeno to accommodate the establishment of the commercial farm at Tucker Valley. The Chaguaramas Seed Unit was relocated to the El Carmen Station in June 2009. Following the closure of the Mega Farm in 2011, permission was granted for the reestablishment of field operations for seed production on approximately 40.5 ha of land at Tucker Valley, Chaguaramas.
- Production of high quality seed material – corn, pigeon pea, bodi, sorrel, pumpkin, ochro, melongene, hot pepper.
- Production of root crop planting material – cassava, yam, sweet potato
- Production of banana planting material – Plantain, soucrier, silk
- Preservation of key vegetable seeds under cold storage
- Conservation of root crop germplasm.