The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, CARDI, welcomed Cayman’s farming community on a tour of its operations.
The organisation aims to translate heavy science into farmer friendly technologies that can be easily understood and managed in the field to boost yields, and farmer incomes.
For instance, the Cayman office has helped improved pepper yields through improved spacing in the patch.
“Results from that trial show that after five pickings, yields and incomes were about five times higher when the plants were spaced at two feet between row and one foot within row,” said Ansari Hosein, CARDI representative.
Cardi is celebrated its 42nd anniversary on December 5th, however the Cayman field office only became operational in July 2015.