Kinloss poultry farmers embrace the life after sugarcane | News

Kinloss’ former sugar cane growers, Trelawny, have embarked on animal husbandry and other economic activities since the decline of royal sugar.

Thanks to support from the Caribbean Community and Common Market Food and Nutrition Project (CARICOM FaN), nine farming families in Kinloss have seen their incomes and nutrition improve dramatically since its community roll-out in June.

Among the beneficiaries is Sybil Vincent, a poultry farmer, who has been raising broilers for years. She says the project is having reasonable success, noting that it has enabled her to become financially independent.

Vincent said that although she has encountered several challenges as a poultry farmer, including increases in production costs and a market collapse due to the pandemic, she has not been discouraged.

“Although it is sometimes difficult and difficult … you have to thank God for what you have. I would encourage other people to try and see what a difference. [in their financial status] they can get by, ”she said.

The CARICOM FaN initiative facilitates the financing of commitments designed to generate jobs and food security in developing regions such as the Caribbean. It also focuses on the growing number of people in CARICOM states living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes and hypertension, and the increase in childhood obesity. To do this, it improves the nutritional security of households and public health in general.

Kinloss is one of 10 communities on the island where the initiative is being undertaken. $ 7,000 was provided for the purchase of broilers, chicken feed, medicine, equipment and building materials for Kinloss participants.

They created the Kinloss Poultry Farmers’ Co-operative through which they benefit from financial assistance and extension services provided by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).

Vincent was an established poultry farmer before getting involved in the project. She said that the cooperative approach and support from RADA had improved her record keeping skills, increased her knowledge of chicken farming and her general approach to farming.

She said that in light of her success, she encourages others in the community to get involved in the program. She said that with the help of RADA, her group was seeking to meet market demands, adding that as the tourism industry opens up, the purchasing power of residents of Kinloss and neighboring districts should improve further.

Rachel J. Bradford