Presented by E.H. Alleyne at the 7th Annual Technical Conference of the BSTA 1989
E. postfasciatus (West Indian sweet potato weevil) infests both stems and tubers of sweet potatoes. It is not quite certain how the adults are able to reach the tuber in the soil, but it is speculated that they either travel along the paths created by the roots and/or enter through cracks in the soil. However, sweet potatoes grown during the rainy season or in irrigated ﬁelds, suffer considerable tuber damage by the weevil, despite the almost total absence of cracks in soil. The biology of the insect has been described (Tucker, 1937 Alleyne, 1982). ’
The first presentation entitled “Sweet Potato Processing” was delivered by Mr. Richard Armstrong of ARMAG Farms, St. Philip, Barbados. In his presentation, Mr. Armstrong gave an overview of his sweet potato processing plant where healthy fries are produced. He also gave an indication of the challenges currently being faced in this innovative operation in Barbados.