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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Nubian purebred goat project, which operates from the Montpelier Agricultural Research Station in St. James, was today (Feb.18) officially handed over to the St. James 4-H Clubs Parish Advisory Council.
This, as the USAID seeks to ensure the sustainability of initiatives implemented under the Ridge to Reef Project, which comes to a close at the end of March.Under the goat project, 12 pure bred Nubian goats were imported for cross-breeding with local goats to improve quality and quantity of meat stock and provide training in animal husbandry skills for 4-H clubbities.
Some 60 goats have been bred through the project and a revolving programme was implemented, whereby the clubbities would be provided with an offspring and were expected to give back to the programme, the first young produced from that initial gift.
Farmers in the parish have also benefited from the project, through the provision of buck services.At the handing over ceremony held at the Montpelier Research Station, Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H movement, Lenworth Fulton, said that plans were already in place to expand the project, with the addition of female Boers to the stock.
He informed that the project would be extended to Trelawny and a facility was being constructed in the New Forrest area of that parish.
“The project here is also going to help our youngsters, some of whom we know are at a disadvantage”, Mr. Fulton stated. Project management assistant at USAID, Dianne Dormer, expressed the view that with proper animal husbandry practices, projects of this nature would lead to enhanced productivity, and lower cost to consumers. She encouraged the 4-H clubbites to strive to replicate the project islandwide.

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