Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries
Contact Information

Milshirv Administrative Complex
Cor. Milford & Shirvan Road
Tobago
Telephone: 639-1966 (PBX available)

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Assemblyman Hayden Spencer

Secretary of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries

Divisional Overview

The Division of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries (DFPFF) is responsible for the preservation and sustainable management of the island’s natural resources, as well as the marketing and distribution of indigenous agro-based products of Tobago. Further, the Division is charged with the responsibility of improving agriculture as a viable business in Tobago. The Vision, Mission and Core Values of the Division are outlined hereunder.

Vision

A revived (market-led) Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Food (AFFF) industry that produces safe and healthy foods with a sustainable environment that contributes to food security and economic development using technologically driven approaches.

Mission

To ready the Division's stakeholders to more successfully manage and realize positive returns from their investment of resources and efforts, by providing them with critical information, technical advice, training and other policy and development support.

Core Values

Professionalism
Teamwork
Respect
Consultation
Commitment

Departments / Units
Department of Agriculture
Milshirv Administrative Complex, Cor. Milford & Shirvan Road, Tobago
Phone: 639-1966 Ext.

The Department of Agriculture acts as facilitator to the agricultural sector in Tobago through the delivery of a number of services. These services include technical and advisory services in the areas of livestock and crop production, veterinary and artificial insemination services, the production of livestock, land preparation, the administering of agricultural incentives, and also the supply of high quality seed stock and planting material for farmers.

Units:

Food Crop Production

This Unit promotes agriculture as a viable business in order to increase the number of committed commercial and private agro-producers and improve agricultural production in Tobago through improvement of services and facilities extended to the farming community.
In response to the changing demands for food on the island, food security has emerged as one priority of this unit. As a result of this, much attention has been directed towards the revitalization and promotion of sustainable agriculture systems geared towards making Tobago self-sufficient in food crop production.

Tel / Fax: 639-9515

Livestock Production

The activities of the Department of Livestock are carried out by three units namely: the Government Stock (Hope) Farm, Blenheim Sheep Project, Animal Health and Livestock Extension. Together these units:

  • Maintain an on-station genetic pool of the various breeds of livestock used in animal production in Tobago.
  • Carryout the multiplication and sale of breeding stock (sheep, cattle, goats, rabbits, pigs and poultry) to farmers on the island.
  • Serve as a practical classroom for the training of students and farmers through the demonstration of the various aspects of animal husbandry and farm management involved in the rearing of the various classes of livestock. This includes housing, pasture management, feeds and nutrition, sanitation, breed selection and breeding.
  • Operate disease control and prevention programs geared towards the maintenance of the health of the livestock population in Tobago through the Veterinary Section which offers, ambulatory, laboratory and regulatory services.
  • Assist farmers in expanding their units through the provision of artificial insemination services.

Hope Farm
Tel: 660-2108

Blenheim Sheep Multiplication and Research Project
Tel: 660-2012

Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries
Milshirv Administrative Complex, Cor. Milford & Shirvan Road, Tobago
Phone: 639-1966 Ext.

The Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries (DMRF) is responsible for the sustainable management of the island’s marine resources and fisheries (from the coastline to a distance of 6 nautical miles off shore). The Department seeks to develop and implement appropriate policies and procedures that will preserve Marine Life in Tobago while educating citizens on the benefits of preservation; thereby, contributing to the holistic development of the island and its people.

Department of Natural Resources and Forestry
Milshirv Administrative Complex, Cor. Milford & Shirvan Road, Tobago
Phone: 639-1966 Ext.

The Department of Natural Resources and Forestry is charged with the sustainable management of forests and related natural resources. This includes Forestry Recreation (including Parks and Open Areas); Designated Protected Areas; the Regulation of Forest Industries; Watershed Management and Reforestation; Wildlife Management; and Research and Education.

Department of Marketing
Shaw Park, Scarborough, Tobago
Phone:

The Department of Marketing facilitates stakeholders in the agricultural and related sectors through the provision of technical assistance in the processing and marketing of products to the highest standard of quality, and through its procurement of locally grown commodities in crops and livestock.