DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE INFORMS THAT BAYTICOL HAS ARRIVED IN THE FEDERATION AND WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK

Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 29, 2019 (SKNIS): The Director in The Department of Agriculture, Mr. Melvin James, and Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Tracy Challenger, are informing livestock farmers that Bayticol, an acaricide, which is an insecticide that kills bont tick that feeds on ruminant animals such as sheep, goats, cattle and horses, arrived in the Federation on January 29 and will be made available next week.

The Department of Agriculture wishes to apprise farmers that since October of 2018 the order was made for Bayticol but there was a problem with the suppliers of the product, who were providing for their South and Central America markets first. Alternately, the department tried the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), CARDI (Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute) and IICA (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture) to source the insecticide but was also faced with some challenges.

The Department of Agriculture understands some of the inconveniences faced by livestock farmers, who did not have Bayticol for a few weeks, but assures them that it was beyond the department’s control.

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