Students and members of the general public will have the opportunity to learn more about crop production, when the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute’s (CARDI) Country Office in Barbados hosts its open day, next Thursday, December 5.
It will be held at the institute’s Demonstration and Training Centre, located at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Graeme Hall, Christ Church.
The day’s proceedings will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony, which will be followed by a tour of field operations, such as the mulberry research plots. There will also be equipment demonstrations, including those used in seed extraction and production of animal feed.
One of the highlights of the day will be the planting of 45 trees, which serves both as a marker of CARDI’s 45th anniversary and its contribution to Government’s goal to plant one million trees across the island in 2020.
The activities are being held in recognition of CARDI Day observed on December 5th, as it was on that day in 1974, in Guyana, that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) signed the agreement establishing the institute.
It was created to serve the agricultural research and development needs of CARICOM member states.