Category: Agriculture

Sugar limbo

With the 2018 sugar season yet to get under way, workers are threatening “serious disruptions” unless the Barbados Agricultural Management Company Ltd (BAMC) addresses some major concerns. Key among these is the workers’ job security, which the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) said has been left hanging over the uncertainty surrounding this year’s sugar harvest. “One […]

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Govt looking to ease the import squeeze on local farmers

In answer to complaints raised by local farmers, Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick today revealed that stricter provisions were coming under the Agricultural Protection and Livestock Act in a bid to protect domestic food production from foreign food imports. However, speaking during the launch of the Barbados Agricultural Marketing and Information System (BAMIS) at his […]

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CDPMN: No short term drought concerns for the Caribbean

The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) says despite concerns that long term drought is evolving in southern Haiti, there are currently no concerns over short term drought in the Caribbean up until the end of April this year. In its latest bulletin, the CDPMN noted that though “recent conditions indicate slight to […]

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New online food market launched

A new agricultural trading platform was launched here this week by the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC), with Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick suggesting that it had the potential to transform the local sector. Known as the BADMC’s Crop Value Chain Services, the technological platform seeks to bring together  buyers and sellers […]

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Authorities looking to use drones to help catch crop thieves

With praedial larceny said to be wrecking havoc on the farming community, local agricultural officials have resorted to unorthodox means in a desperate bid to catch thieves red handed. This morning officials of Viral Media Inc. unveiled a pilot project on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management that will […]

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New laws coming to fight crop theft

Life is about to become tougher for agricultural produce and livestock thieves, who have been running a well-organized ring, according to Chief Agricultural Officer Lennox Chandler. The agricultural official has confirmed that new legislation – the Protection of Agricultural Products and Livelihood Bill 2017 and the Protection of Agricultural Products and Livestock Regulations 2017 – […]

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Official: Bad loans weighing on RDC’s work

The state-owned Rural Development Commission (RDC) is battling an “unacceptably high” loan delinquency rate which threatens funding for other micro businesses. Without providing statistics, Senior Field Officer with the RDC Osmond Yearwood told Barbados TODAY his agency has been forced to take legal action against some clients. He was speaking this morning on the sidelines of a […]

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Bajan farmers in smart agriculture project

Barbadian farmers will be among 90 from three Caribbean countries who will participate in a climate smart agriculture project over the next 18 months. Speaking at the launch of the programme, Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) Gordon Bispham said the aim of the project, in which farmers from Grenada and St […]

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Bajan farmers in climate smart agriculture project

Barbadian farmers will be among 90 from three Caribbean countries who will participate in a climate smart agriculture project over the next 18 months. Speaking at the launch of the programme yesterday, executive director of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) Gordon Bispham said the aim of the project, in which farmers from Grenada and […]

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Dairy farmers complain they have been left holding the bag

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul is imploring dairy farmers, who invested $1.1 million last year in the import of heifers to bolster the dairy industry, to hold strain on Government’s promised loan rebate. Last October the BAS secured financing from RBC Royal Bank on behalf of the six farmers […]

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Too costly

Barbados’ food import bill is increasing, while its production of vital commodities is decreasing, a Government official has warned. Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo therefore sees a desperate need for more young Barbadians to get into farming as a means of rescuing the agricultural sector and cutting down the country’s $500 million food import […]

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Stiffer penalties coming for crop thieves

Steeper fines, longer jail terms and an agricultural vendors registry are some of the measures to be included in Government’s long promised praedial larceny Bill, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resource Management David Estwick has revealed. Speaking to the media following Thursday afternoon’s launch of the Ministry’s e-platform for registered agricultural producers and buyers, Estwick […]

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Coconuts could be Barbados’ next cash crop – officials

Government is pushing ahead with plans to develop a viable coconut industry here. During the first in a series of stakeholder meetings at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic this morning, Chief Economist in the Ministry of Agriculture Suzette Edey-Babb told the gathering of mostly planters that the industry had the potential to generate substantial income. […]

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Time to reduce food imports

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Andrew Gittens is urging Barbadians to look inwardly to see how best they can deal with the country’s current economic climate. He made the plea this morning while delivering the feature address at the ministry’s awards ceremony for its Grow Well! Eat […]

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NSRL could be a blessing, says farmers

Local farmers Friday suggested that the controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), which is to be increased from two to ten per cent effective July 1, could wind up being a blessing in disguise. The measure was among a controversial $542 million austerity package announced by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler on May 30 with […]

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Kellman announces land deal

The cash-strapped National Housing Corporation (NHC) has agreed a land swapping deal with the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) as it seeks to expand Government’s housing programme. Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman told Parliament Tuesday that under the arrangement the two state agencies would obtain from each other, land that is […]

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It’s madness!

One of the island’s leading spokesmen for the agricultural sector has all but dismissed as “mad intuition” the decision by Barbados and the Caribbean to sign onto some key international protocols. Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul is ruing in particular, World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and the Economic Partnership […]

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