Building sheep stock

blackbellysheepThe Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, as part of its technical cooperation programme with the Ministry of Agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of the Barbados blackbelly sheep, has engaged two of strategic partners in a project, which will be launched here tomorrow.

With the support of the Canadian High Commission, the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation and the Barbados Sheep and Goat Producers Association, the IICA will unveil the project “aimed at sensitising, training and providing mentorship opportunities for youth interested in the Barbados blackbelly sheep industry, from husbandry to the supply of inputs, to the creation of value added commodities such as hides, jewellery, and spa products”.

Among the main activities of the project are:

* A blackbelly sheep industry opportunity seminar targeting youth;

* A training and mentorship programme for youth;

* The development of a Barbados blackbelly sheep industry brand/logo; and

* An exhibition of the vision for the blackbelly sheep industry and membership drive for the BSGA.

“Young entrepreneurs will be sensitised to the benefits of developing value-added elements of the sub-sector,” a statement from IICA said.

“Specific operational and business models will be reviewed to introduce them to the processes required to achieve ‘farm to table’, and ensure the viability of the … industry. At the end of the projected period it is expected that young farmers/entrepreneurs will be better informed and prepared to invest in the industry as a profitable business.

The launched will take place tomorrow at the Pelican Village Terrace from 10 a.m. until noon.

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