Extension implications of agricultural diversification in the OECS States Report as inadecuate

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The unstable economic situation of monoculture due to markets and weather conditions has pushed and is pushing the policy makers of the OECS States to adopt a new strategy of agricultural development - crop diversification. The programme of crop diversification varies from island to island and at times crop diversification and import substitution are viewed in the same light. As a result of this new thrust, extension programmes are being oriented to meet this need. However, the implementation of these programmes is hindered by: (a) the high price currently received for bananas; (b) the unavailability of a technological package with a strong economic component; (c) the unsuitability of the programme to meet family goals of a continuous cash flaw; (d) the unwillingness of farmers, especially the young farmers, to invest in crops with long gestation periods; (e) the inability of extension workers to fully internalize the economics of crops with long gestation periods, i.e., discounting techniques, and thus to de1iver an effective programme; (f) the goals of most crop diversification programmes - e.g. to have a certain number of trees planted within a certain time - conflict at times with land capability and land use policy. There is need for a re-examination of crop diversification programmes given their importance to the economy of the islands.

Keywords: Diversification ; Extension services ; Farmer goals

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Farm Management

International Development


Issue Date: Aug 23 1987

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

Language: English

Total Pages: 7

Record appears in: Caribbean Food Crops Society > 23rd Annual Meeting, August 23-28, 1987, St. John's, Antigua

Author: Campbell, Dunstan A.C.

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/260349?ln=en


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