The Sugarcane Feeds Centre (SFC) is an institution of applied research, demonstration, development and training in tropical livestock production located on sixty (60) hectares of formerly forested lands at Longdenville, Central Trinidad. The Centre was set up as a project in 1976 by the University of The West Indies (UWI) in collaboration with the University of Mc Gill Canada. The Project was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the objective of training and demonstrating how to use sugarcane and its by-products to produce meat and milk.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago became responsible for its funding from 1981 through the then Ministry of Agriculture Land and Marine Resources (MALMR). Caroni (1975) Limited became the Executing Agency. In August 2000 the SFC was brought directly under the then MALMR. It continues operation today under the recently renamed Ministry of Food Production Land and Marine Affairs (MFPLMA).
“To be at the forefront in integrated agricultural livestock research and development, providing up to date, relevant technical information in the development of sustainable, adaptable production systems for the benefit of the national and regional farming community.”
The SFC has a wide range of livestock including small ruminants, milking cows, beef cattle, buffalypso/water buffalo, pigs, rabbits, poultry, conch, cascadura, and tilapia. The Centre’s programmes include livestock and aquaculture training, research in tropical livestock feeding, breeding, management, slaughter, artificial insemination and collaborative work with various organizations (Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute (CARDI), UWI etc.)
The Centre utilises locally appropriate ‘integrated farming’ production systems, while as best as possible minimising impact on the environment. At the heart of the environmental sustainability drive is the Centre’s 50m3 fixed dome biogas digester which utilises pig effluent. The Centre also produces 100% organic compost, from plant material. The Centre welcomes and accommodates educational visits by schools and organizations year round.
For more information please contact the SFC
The Sugarcane Feeds Centre
Pokhor Road, Longdenville
Phone: (868) 665-9967/7913
Fax: (868) 671-4809