September 21, 2021

Agriculture Minister affirms support for farmers – tours farms in Cayman Brac

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1. Bluff Farm

Monday, 12 July 2021

Grand Cayman – Minister of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure Hon. Jay Ebanks has affirmed Government’s commitment to support local farmers to build a strong and vibrant agricultural sector.

2. Cattle Farm

He made the statement during a recent (Friday, July 2) visit to Cayman Brac accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Isaac Rankine, Acting Chief Officer Leyda Nicholson-Makasare, Director of Agriculture Adrian Estwick, Vice President of the Cayman Islands Agricultural Society Geoffry Ebanks and other members from the Ministry.

Minister Ebanks and the team met with staff at the Department of Agriculture and toured the agricultural grounds as well as a goat, pig and cattle farms. During the tour, he informed some of the farmers about the plans for the resuscitation of the Cayman Brac stud bull programme which is expected to provide natural insemination for the cattle and improve and diversity the genetics of stock over the next four years. In addition, the team updated the farmers on the new livestock development plan that entails a cattle breeding programme to include natural insemination and embryo transplant technology, which will be carried out across the Islands.

3. Agricultural Grounds

In commenting on the tour Minister Ebanks said, “I am particularly impressed by the efforts of our farmers and the quality of the animals. The visits to the farms provided an opportunity to engage and learn first-hand what is happening in the sector and the resources Government needs to provide to support the industry to implement modern practices. Part of our strategic approach, for the cattle industry is to increase herd size and improve local genetics. This will result in high quality beef production and ultimately enhance food security for our Islands”.

Minister Ebanks is scheduled to have discussions with his counterparts in Jamaica later this month about some key priority areas in agriculture. The invitation has also been extended to the programme leads for agriculture at the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

 

4. Ministers at GAB

During the visit to Cayman Brac, the Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary also met with staff at the Department of Planning and were introduced to other employees at the Government Administration Building by District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts and Minister for District Administration Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly.

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Photo Captions

Photo 1: Agriculture Minister Hon. Jay Ebanks and team during a tour of Bluff Farms in Cayman Brac.

Photos 2: Cattle farmer Dwayne McFarlane speaks with Minister Ebanks about his farm and upcoming plans for modernisation.

Photo 3: (Left to Right) Minister Hon. Jay Ebanks, Parliamentary Secretary Isaac Rankine, Director of Agriculture Adrian Estwick along with staff of the Department of Agriculture, Cayman Brac Office.

Photo 4:  Minister Hon. Jay Ebanks, District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts, Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly and Parliamentary Secretary Isaac Rankine at the Government Administration Building in Cayman Brac.

 

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