Directie Landbouw, Veeteelt en Visserij en Markthallen (DLVVM)

In 1976 the department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Farmers market (DLVV) Santa Rosa was initially founded as an experimental station by the government. Later on the goal of DLVV was to make more efficient use of the financial and natural resources by promotion and development of agriculture, with particular attention to horticulture, livestock and fisheries. The DLVV is primarily a customer-oriented organization that promotes agriculture and fisheries. Besides those tasks, DLVV has to ensure the conservation and management of the natural environment, both at sea and on land. Other tasks are conducting research, executing projects, providing information and collecting data on the primary sector, nature and environment.


One of the tasks of DLVV is to conduct research. Research is conducted by DLVV themselves or in association with or under supervision of other governmental departments, or local and international research agencies. For example DIP, DOW and FPNA, and also the Agriculture University of Wageningen, the Radboud University and the Toledo Zoo.

The research results can be applied in the policy and used in counseling. Different units of DLVV are involved in several studies. There are projects that have been going on for years, and thus have gained specific knowledge and experience. In the past several projects have been completed successfully.

 The researches that are currently being carried out are: designing and conducting trails of protected crops of vegetables and fruit vegetables under shade cloth.
Improving the yield for small cattle farms and the continuing of crossbreeding lines which will lead to hybrids with good usefulness. The introduction of new varieties and the collection of performance figures thereof.
Continuation tests on meat percentage and feed conversion of pigs.
Continuation of boa-project: stocktaking, monitoring and evaluation of the Boa Constrictor. To participate in the implementation of research in the aspect and effect of the Boa Constrictor in nature. Experts from abroad coordinate the research and execute the majority of proceedings. It is a collaborative effort between DLVV, FPNA and VD.
Continuation of the long-term scientific cooperation program with respect to the marine biodiversity of the coastal systems in cooperation with the Department of Animal Ecology and Animal Ecophysiology of the Radboud University Nijmegen under the supervision of marine biologist doctor Ivan Nagelkerken. It is an inventory of fish stocks of sea grass beds, mangroves and coral reefs and their interactions. The importance of these habitats as nursery for coral fishes has already been proven in Bonaire and Curaçao, but in Aruba there is not much known about the use of mangroves and sea grasses by coral fishes. These habitats can deteriorate very quickly on the surface and quality, in particular by chopping for expansion or construction of scaffoldings, piers, ports and or industry. This can have strong negative effects on the whole fish stock in Aruba, and hereby also on the fishery and the underwater tourism.
Continuation by the monitoring of stern birds under the supervision of Doctor Adrian Del Nevo, president of the Applied Ecological Solutions Ins. This investigation calls for a close cooperation between Valero, before Coastal and the Aruban Government.
Stocktaking and mapping of existing cactus hedges, and therefore achieving a monitoring network and a proposal for a management structure. This is done in cooperation with DIP, specifically the management department. This investigation will also map several landscape elements such as boulders and stone hills but also land usage. This investigation was carried out by different trainees, related to the HAS Den Bosch.
To make up a management plan for the gutters (stream of rainwater). These are not only important for the discharge of excess rainwater, but also have e natural function for the distribution of the flora and fauna. In view of the floods these last few years, one should in cooperation with DOW, who is responsible for the maintenance of the gutters, make up a management plan in which one takes into account water drainage, maintenance and nature.
The making and placing of Fish Attracting Devices, in conjunction with department LVV Curaçao and Stichting Marcultura. Fish are attracted to FAD which is favorable for local fishery.
Herbarium project: expanding, updating and automation of current herbarium. Foreign expert coordinate this in its entirety, they perform the majority of work and prepare courses for their own contributors and for those of concerned departments and organizations.

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