University Field Station

The UFS provides technical resources, land, building and equipment to support field-based research and teaching of UWI. Between 1949 and 1962 the UFS was maintained as a commercial farm to support teaching exercises of the Imperial College of Tropical Agric (ICTA). At present in addition to supporting teaching and research the UFS undertakes commercial activities whenever possible.

The University Field Station (UFS) is located at the West end north and is the site where Departmental Field operations are undertaken. Field based research and teaching activities are located here. The operations in the field are manned by Departmental human resources.

Programmes

Root Crops

Field research in root crops is carried out at the UFS. The Department maintains germplasm collections for sweet potato (77 accessions), cassava (42 accessions) and yams (30 accessions).

For details in Root Crops please contact:

Dr. Lynda Wickham
Department of Food Production
Faculty of Science and Agriculture
Telephone: 1-868 – 662-2002 Ext. 2110
E-mail: lynda.wickham@sta.uwi.edu

Tropical Tree Crops

The Department maintains germplasm collections on a limited scale for breadfruit (34 accessions), banana (16 accessions) and jackfruit (2 accessions), chataigne (1 accession). There is an ongoing research activity in some of these species.

For details in Tropical Tree Crops please contact:

Dr. Laura Roberts-Nkrumah
Department of Food Production
Faculty of Science and Agriculture
Telephone: 1-868 – 662-2002 Ext. 3335
E-mail: laura.roberts-nkrumah@sta.uwi.edu

Livestock

The Department maintains a collection of Barbados Black Belly Sheep, rabbits and agouti as part of animal resources for research and teaching. Three open-sided, naturally-ventilated poultry houses for broiler research are also maintained at the UFS.

For details in Livestock please contact:

Prof. Gary Garcia
Department of Food Production
Faculty of Science and Agriculture
Telephone: 1-868 – 662-2002 Ext. 3328
E-mail: gary.garcia@sta.uwi.edu or garygwg1@gmail.com