Local farmers are advising the government to preserve and promote endemic species such as the Senepol cattle, which is being described as livestock in high demand across the globe.
While speaking recently at a public consultation with agriculture workers about government’s proposed recovery plan, farmers said meat-lovers are willing to pay big bucks for Senepol cattle.
“I think we should try to promote that animal a whole lot because from what I know, people pay huge sums of money for these cattle,” said a local farmer, Radford Potter.
Potter reasoned that the Senepol cattle agrees with the climate in the Caribbean and produces quality beef and milk.
The farmer also noted that the Virgin Islands White Sheep is another endemic species that could be financially beneficial to the BVI.
“These are two animals that were created inside the Virgin Islands; meaning it’s our thing. It’s two of the best animals anywhere so I think we should do whatever we can to preserve them,” said Potter, whose statements received support from the farming community.
Chairman of the BVI Recovery Coordination Committee, Brodrick Penn described the suggestion as meritable ideas worth considering.
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