Group Title: Olasee Davis articles
Title: Addressing a thorny subject : the pesky casha weed
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Title: Addressing a thorny subject : the pesky casha weed
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Olasee
Publication Date: May 26, 1995
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Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
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Addressing a thorny subject: the pesky casha weed
Last year. he 30th annual meel- fams on St Cro, 60 peret wOeM r Aacil moricaut is another peiaed hn hdgls The flowers.
ing of the Caribbean Food Crops classified as paiuoe hld, which species common throuhooll the yellow and iolns mispeRosa sior
Society was held on St. Thomas supposed about 8,300 head of cal- ilalnds. It is distigihed by the mostoftheyear.
and attracted more than 170 dele- de..." D absence of paied spinel at the base When ilwwas cbiie bldoea
pes from 23 Caribbean countries Today, the forage resource is of the leaves. The flowers lilgh and acdhoes wre ed to paoo
and llh inland. Ihreatened by development and yellow, with one or two flat pods and cantol cash. Plan thae wen
This society was established in overgrazing, which lead to such along the axis. The pls flowers sacked in a pile to burn or lft o
the early 1960s on St. Croix Io eviioomentaul problcn s as soil to- intermlttently and bua fruits that the p aure to ile. Teody, this op
bring Caribbean sclemints together sion and Ihe invasion of the pas- pnfersit llh gool the year. Acfl allon ik cotly top bntm a A miao
to address issues inagriculureand ires by weed peomlsochassh osnomifmo nlatheUnivily oflh ripuris.commonlycalled "clchtaid problemwith this method was l
lhemnaalresouces of Ilisregion This weed pat compete with Virgin sl.ads Agrialdnml Expal- keep," ilo another plan that hl removal of topsoll and veegtlaio
I believe ha, as we head toward deirble posture forag for utoi- meant Station, have conducted ccurvedlpineshmddwilaflowers. which proiolams lleaos e
the year 2000, food will become a enl, water, sunlight ad spoce and demonsoiation research on several Two species in paticula, Aca- Additionally, fire and heiv
more criicl issue to feed the is trelyediblebytimal becat~ e Set.Ca rhixfanstofledwn ytoce- c l mO eooatdAccilsmurcan- eqipwtemalmstcta dashail ed.dii
world'speople. The Vigio omlunds, of i rge, limp atpines ht inju e Il oaresb h pa e. A th. rel the No. I puue mee pelllo and pemieio. Dinld oi
paticulary St. Croix, still has the both nand hat, the Babados me tingsr I will pr. posts in the Virgin Islands. The oce was usd to orillcaish. b
opportuniiy to play a major role in Cash (acacia spp.) i woody sent Itae litndibpn hia pp. deaney piny shrb Acacl tsion the possibility of undereroun
food production.Biotechnology bad hrub. isamajor pam re problem in Seveal species of l e occur fome impenetrable Ihckets hi tlhe wercoa onisa ctor.
other technological idvnce in ithe islands I widpaddiribu in he Vgin lald. driet ale of the islodi. parties. Wlys to con n ol cubtia pas
agicullunal methods and food pro- lion causes more economic toss Catcchuote (acacia polycan- laly the Soueshoe and Eat Bnd ture em animal ttioin, medhani
ducion are Ith keys lo feeding a tho another weed. the wild) isa species with many of St. Croix. Locally, this plant, call sredding young pants befo
growing Caribbean population. In biblical limes, the tue was slo sp ane d small flowers that with its zig-zgged branches, is they get seeds sd sing a folio
This year, the Caribbean Food used to build Noah's Ark and the at whie to pele yellow u ad hve called "twitSeul r Juils"ce as" Is appolition of selective btitmides
Crops Sociey meetins will be held Arkofthe CovtntL flat, gay podi. The wood of this ftrlgnt yellow flowers once wot Always conid the oevionmen
in Barados. Theme is "Globl "And they shall make an ark of phlaot bi heavy nd dunle. collecM atmd ewnitschel whe applyinspescaids.
Trade Uberalition nd Caribben iaccl wood: two cubits sad a hlf This plith been m ed mdici- Acacil macrocantha is the
Agricullu." shall be the length thereof, and a nally au n astrngent and to treat imgeslpphiedacacia. it Iscommon- Ol01aoDaiut, whholds a m
He at home, the dairy and beef cubitand half the bretdithbref, chinsc dihbet a nd dyseltery lad ly called "stink cas" beca its ter~ science degrelae a
industies, ps icularly on St. Croi, ad a ubit and a half the eight also i tunning old dydhig. This wood b na ston odor whb e cai e t ad Jandfait
are the two nmjor businesses l hal theofExodus25:10, species usually is fend la g our The wood li used for fece pot, St. Croix ecololt, ctl
foster aricultur. But it takes alo I nd Dr. Martian Adjii, ag- conalshorea. conetocinc aind chacol and ii write.


of lnd to support these industries.
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