The Government Farm in Kew North Caicos
The Kew Agricultural Station is the governments agricultural research and demonstration station for crop and livestock production as well as an on-farm teaching facility. It is intended to work in collaboration with existing and new entrepreneurs.
Taking into consideration climate, soil type, soil fertility, and water availability, it is proposed that the initial applied research role of the KAS should be focused on crop production in the first instance for two environmental types:
Open field environment: the collection and acquisition of seeds and other planting material for testing and trial of plants that are to be grown in an open environment, directly in the earth and indirectly using pot and trough culture or trenching;
Protected environment: the collection and acquisition of seeds and other planting material for testing and trial for plants that are to be grown in pots and trough culture under constructed protected covering (partial shade).
In its research role for crop production both approaches will ensure that high quality seeds and planting material that give good/acceptable yields and are suited to the physical agricultural environment in the Turks and Caicos Islands will become available to the farming community. The KAS will source, collect, acquire seeds and other propagation materials for testing and repeat viability trials, selecting the most productive crop type, the best varieties and best seeds/ propagation material for distribution and sale to agricultural entrepreneurs and households.
- Technical advice to farmers
- Farm visit and diagnosis of agricultural pests and diseases to practicing farmers
- Production of seedlings for farmers
- Assistance with technical practices eg. soil sampling and analysis