Presentation on theme: "Sea Island Cotton Production in Antigua and Barbuda"— Presentation transcript:
1 Sea Island Cotton Production in Antigua and Barbuda ByJedidiah MaximeandLesroy Grant25th January, 2011
2 OUTLINEProduction (History,Status of crop,Projections for crop,Challenges) By MaximeGinnery(Gins,Building,Bales, Challenges) By GrantConclusion
3 HISTORY Cotton production commenced around 1903 Commercial production began 1907(2000 acres)1920 production decreasedproduction increased
4 HISTORY- Cont’d 1950-1960 further production increase (5,958 acres) Late 1960’s significant declinepresent production fluctuates annually with cotton produced by ADC, Cotton Station and small farmers.
5 STATUS OF 2010/2011 CROP9 acres currently under cultivation at Central Cotton Station .Harvesting to commence by Feb ,000 lbs lint expected40 acres currently under cultivation at ADC. 14,000 lbs lint expected.
6 PROJECTIONS FOR 2011/2012 CROP ADC 100 acres Central Cotton Station 20 acresSmall farmers acresTotal expected YieldSeed cotton ,000lbsLint ,000 lbs
7 CHALLENGESWeather conditions ( wet) affected land preparation and other mechanical activitiesHarvesting of crop - Lack of skilled pickersLand availability for cotton production – Competition with land for housing
8 GINNERYState of Gins3 Gins currently working efficiently and are capable to gin quantities projected
9 GINNERY (Cont’d)Building-In a state of disrepair
10 GINNERY-Cont’dBales of Lint for marketing( 28 Bales)
11 CHALLENGES State of the Building Cost price for Lint Frequency of purchase of Lint from Antigua and Barbuda.
12 CONCLUSIONGovernment is committed to cotton production in Antigua and BarbudaBudgetary allocations are made for the seed multiplication, production and distribution programme and ginning of cotton seeds
13 CONCLUSION –Cont’dSupport to cotton farmers are provided by the Extension Division and Cotton StationOptions of Crop Improvement would be explored for the revitalization and viability of the cotton industry.