(Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 12th 2023);
In an effort to effectively inform key agricultural stakeholders about the Ministry of Agriculture’s efforts to further develop and improve the management capacity and sustainability of the poultry industry, through the implementation of the St. Kitts and Nevis Layer Chicken Industry Sustainable Development Project, the Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF) hosted a sensitization session on Thursday 6th July 2023.
During the session, farmers as well as technical staff were informed of the key objectives which include: the establishment of breeding technology, provision of a channel for chicken farmers to purchase local chicks and the establishment of egg laying technology. These tools will ensure the Federation’s ability to sustainably meet the production needs of poultry farmers, while the implementation of the project will result in the establishment of a hatchery on St. Kitts and one on Nevis.
The sensitization session was facilitated by Taiwan ICDF Project Manager, Willy Liao and comes less than one month after Minister of Agriculture et al., the Honourable Samal Duggins and Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Michael Lin signed an agreement to roll out the project which is expected to lead to a significant increase in the production of poultry in the twin-island Federation.
The project is also expected to provide a steady supply of over twenty thousand day-old chicks per year for both meat and egg production.