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Sea Island Cotton Production in Antigua and Barbuda By Jedidiah Maxime and Lesroy Grant 25 th January, 2011.

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1 Sea Island Cotton Production in Antigua and Barbuda By Jedidiah Maxime and Lesroy Grant 25 th January, 2011

2 2 OUTLINE Production (History,Status of crop,Projections for crop,Challenges) By Maxime Production (History,Status of crop,Projections for crop,Challenges) By Maxime Ginnery(Gins,Building,Bales, Challenges) By Grant Ginnery(Gins,Building,Bales, Challenges) By Grant Conclusion Conclusion

3 3 HISTORY Cotton production commenced around 1903 Cotton production commenced around 1903 Commercial production began 1907(2000 acres) Commercial production began 1907(2000 acres) 1920 production decreased 1920 production decreased production increased production increased

4 4 HISTORY- Contd further production increase (5,958 acres) further production increase (5,958 acres) Late 1960s significant decline Late 1960s significant decline present production fluctuates annually with cotton produced by ADC, Cotton Station and small farmers present production fluctuates annually with cotton produced by ADC, Cotton Station and small farmers.

5 5 STATUS OF 2010/2011 CROP 9 acres currently under cultivation at Central Cotton Station.Harvesting to commence by Feb ,000 lbs lint expected 9 acres currently under cultivation at Central Cotton Station.Harvesting to commence by Feb ,000 lbs lint expected 40 acres currently under cultivation at ADC. 14,000 lbs lint expected. 40 acres currently under cultivation at ADC. 14,000 lbs lint expected.

6 6 PROJECTIONS FOR 2011/2012 CROP ADC 100 acres ADC 100 acres Central Cotton Station 20 acres Central Cotton Station 20 acres Small farmers 30 acres Small farmers 30 acres Total expected Yield Total expected Yield Seed cotton 150,000lbs Lint 50,000 lbs

7 7 CHALLENGES Weather conditions ( wet) affected land preparation and other mechanical activities Weather conditions ( wet) affected land preparation and other mechanical activities Harvesting of crop - Lack of skilled pickers Harvesting of crop - Lack of skilled pickers Land availability for cotton production – Competition with land for housing Land availability for cotton production – Competition with land for housing

8 8 GINNERY State of Gins State of Gins 3 Gins currently working efficiently and are capable to gin quantities projected 3 Gins currently working efficiently and are capable to gin quantities projected

9 9 GINNERY (Contd) Building-In a state of disrepair Building-In a state of disrepair

10 10 GINNERY-Contd Bales of Lint for marketing( 28 Bales) Bales of Lint for marketing( 28 Bales)

11 11 CHALLENGES State of the Building State of the Building Cost price for Lint Cost price for Lint Frequency of purchase of Lint from Antigua and Barbuda. Frequency of purchase of Lint from Antigua and Barbuda.

12 12 CONCLUSION Government is committed to cotton production in Antigua and Barbuda Government is committed to cotton production in Antigua and Barbuda Budgetary allocations are made for the seed multiplication, production and distribution programme and ginning of cotton seeds Budgetary allocations are made for the seed multiplication, production and distribution programme and ginning of cotton seeds

13 13 CONCLUSION –Contd Support to cotton farmers are provided by the Extension Division and Cotton Station Support to cotton farmers are provided by the Extension Division and Cotton Station Options of Crop Improvement would be explored for the revitalization and viability of the cotton industry. Options of Crop Improvement would be explored for the revitalization and viability of the cotton industry.


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