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Department of Agriculture - Agronomy Meeting - 28 Oct 2020

21st October 2020, 3:15pm Press Release

Department of Agriculture - Agronomy Meeting - 28 Oct 2020.

Hurricane Preparedness on the Farm - 2020

3rd September 2020, 3:00pm
Press Release

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecast has been released and calls for the number of named storms and hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast calls for a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms of which six to 10 could become hurricanes, including three to six major hurricanes. The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season saw 18 named storms, six of which were hurricanes, including three major storms. A major hurricane is one that is Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Hurricane Preparedness information

2nd September 2020, 12:26pm
Press Release

Easter Holiday Closures 2020

7th April 2020, 6:45pm
Press Release

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Department of Agriculture
181 Lottery Road, Lower Valley
Bodden Town
Grand Cayman
P: (345) 947-3090
After Hours Livestock Medical Emergencies - (345) 916-2218

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The Department of Agriculture seeks to develop sustainable agricultural production in order to promote measures of self-sufficiency and food security (compatible with economic reality) for the Cayman Islands. To preserve and protect the state of health and well being of plants and animals and to indirectly promote the wellness of residents through dynamic planned development.

Sales of Agricultural Inputs

Provide agricultural supplies to farmers, backyard gardeners and the general public to support agricultural production, throough the sale of:

  • Livestock feed; Fertilizers; Pesticides and other Miscellaneous agricultural supplies.

Plant Health (Plant Protection & Imports)

Regulate the importation and exportation of plants, plant products and aggregate to prevent the entry and movement of plant quarantine pest. Administer plant health programmes to:

  • detect and prevent the entry, establishment and spread of new plant pests
  • identify, manage and control existing plant pests

Promote the safe use, handling and storage of pesticides and of the regulation of importation and distribution of these products.

Animal Welfare & Control

Provide a service to the community to:

  • reduce the number of stray and neglected animals
  • educate residents on matters of animal welfare
  • investigate complaints of inhumane treatment of animals
  • inspect licensed (animal related) operations to ensure compliance with the conditions of their operating license

Agriculture Sector Development Services

Provide training and educational interventions; marketing, agri-business, promotional, public relations and logistical services to support the development of the Agricultural Sector and the enhancement of National Food and Nutrition Security. This includes the production and publication of:

Agronomy (Crop Production)

Provide support to commercial farmers and backyard gardeners in the production of crops and proper care and maintenance of plants. This includes provision of:

  • Technical advice and Extension services
  • Vegetable seedlings and young fruit trees for planting
  • Land Clearing and Tree Crop Husbandry Services for Commercial famers.

Livestock Production

Provide Animal Husbandry services to optimize the productivity of livestock at the farm level, through:

  • Operation of a livestock extension service provision of technical advice on livestock nutrition, housing and infrastructure
  • Operation of a coordinated National Livestock Identification System
  • Operation of a coordinated National Livestock Genetic Improvement System through the use of Artificial Insemination

Abattoir Services

The Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture provides an abattoir facility and service for the slaughter and dressing of livestock for human consumption in compliance with the regulations and departmental standards. In preparation for slaughter, the following should be noted.

  • All livestock intended for slaughter are required to be rested for 12-24 hours at the abattoir holding pen prior to slaughter.
  • The fifth quarter (head, feet, liver, kidneys, etc.) must be picked up by the client on the day of slaughter.
  • Delivery of carcass/meat is free of charge.

To arrange for slaughter services, persons should call 345-926-2212. Please be prepared to provide your name; telephone number; type and number of livestock that needs to be slaughtered; the preferred date for delivery of carcass/meat and where should be delivered to.

Animal Health (Veterinary Services & Imports)

Provide ambulatory medical and surgical service to farm animals including after-hours emergencies. Regulate the importation and exportation of animals and animal products to protect the health of animal and human populations from the entry and movement of animal pests and animal and zoonotic diseases. Administer programmes to:

  • prevent the entry, establishment and spread of new animal pests and diseases
  • identify, prevent the spread of and manage existing animal pest/diseases

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