The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science institute (BAMSI) earlier this week embarked on a new phase of animal feed production. The Institute signed a contract with Organic Solar, an Andros-based livestock feed company that also grows micro greens. With the contract signing, owners and brothers Cerone Dean and Terrico Dean, young Bahamian entrepreneurs, look to merge their passion for agriculture with a path for Bahamians to access healthy, organic, locally grown livestock and produce.
Executive Chairman of BAMSI Tyrel Young said the long-term goal of the partnership between BAMSI and Organic Solar is to boost food security for the nation by ultimately expanding access to organically grown foods to communities that have traditionally been left out of the niche market. The collaboration would also allow the two to engage in research and study to help formulate best practices in terms of feed for livestock farmers.
Mr Young said he was happy to work with the Dean brothers and he was impressed with the fact that the feed is all organic, which would in turn mean organically grown animals and organically produced crops.
“It’s vital to our overall health… what we put into our bodies; it starts from as simple as the feed for the animals. If you feed them organic obviously you will have a better-quality meat at the end of the cycle. One of the things that we are eager to see with this program is the study of it. This is all part of BAMSI’s research and study program for animal feed so we could get the best feed possible and the formulation could be something that we could carry on for generations to come,” he said.
As a farmer with a keen interest in food security, Mr Dean said one of the reasons he was interested in working with BAMSI was that he recognized in the Institute’s leadership a strong commitment to food security and a willingness to tap into feed production technology that is right at their fingertips.
Touching on the benefits of producing quality animal feed, Mr Dean said a significant percentage of the health problems seen in Bahamian society stem from poor agricultural practices and the consumption of those improperly produced crops and poorly fed livestock. This is where Organic Solar comes in and is able to make a difference, he indicated.
“What technology like this (Organic Solar) does is, it allows farmers to produce high-quality, grass-fed meat from as small as chickens to as large as cows, thus saturating a niche market just enough so that not only the average farmer but all Bahamians can be able to purchase high-quality grass-fed food