Ministry of Agriculture Pledges to Provide Full Support to Rabbit Farmers – ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation
(Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 2, 2022): The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Marine Resources and Cooperatives has announced its commitment to support and provide assistance to rabbit farmers in St. Kitts, with the aim of stimulating the development of the local rabbit industry. rabbit.
This was revealed on Wednesday, November 2, during a meeting between the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Marine Resources and Cooperatives, Miguel Flemming, Livestock Extension Officer, Jenaldo Gilbert and eighteen rabbit breeders from all over the island.
Mr Flemming said the meeting followed discussions held with rabbit farmers and consumers during the successful organization of the World Food Day Rabbit Festival in October.
During the meeting, Flemming said that “research has shown that rabbits raised with techniques adapted to specific environments can help improve his diet, as well as that of the family and provide a source of income for farmers who produce meat”.
He explained that if the nation is to successfully achieve CARICOM’s 25% by 2025 program, “it is essential to consider boosting animal production to increase the availability of locally produced meat.”
He said that through the ministry, the government will facilitate the establishment of necessary guidelines that will help provide assistance to the rabbit industry, which is still considered to be in its infancy stage.
In response, breeders expressed their satisfaction at having the ministry’s support and revealed their interest in forming a rabbit association for an “all-out approach” to improving the rabbit industry.