The Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) is looking to increase the intake of carcasses during the upcoming year, due to the ongoing demand for local beef.
According to Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Skeete, sales of local beef have been doing well, earning some BDS $500, 000 in 2010. Consequently for 2011, the department is seeking to raise this figure to around BDS$750, 000.
This, he suggested, would require the BADMC to increase the number of animals procured from five to eight per week, which would provide additional support to the sector.
Mr. Skeete added that following Agrofest, demand for local beef had grown even further and as such, there was opportunity for farmers to take advantage of this growing trend.