One of the men seeking to step into former Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s shoes as Member of Parliament for St Peter believes he can turn the constituency into a shining example of self-sufficiency.
The declared candidate for the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Dave Chief Cumberbatch said he intended to focus on developing agriculture in the northern constituency, if elected.
“My emphasis really would be on agriculture. This is one of the areas whereby the youth can access land. They can use the land to grow crops, they can use the land for farming in general,” Cumberbatch said on Sunday at opening his campaign office at Mile And A Quarter.
“Think about it. If every person in this room had a kitchen garden tonight, each and every person in St Peter had a kitchen garden, each and every person in Barbados had a kitchen garden. I am saying to you that we can benefit significantly towards our balance of payments,” he stressed.
The DLP hopeful said not only would it be healthy for constituents to grow what they eat, “but we are getting a little change from it . . . a little money”, while helping ease the pressure on the state owned Queen Elizabeth Hospital because fewer people would be affected by non-communicable diseases.
He also said the new office would be used as a technology resource centre where people could be taught such skills as cybersecurity, thus paving the way for Barbados to become the centre of learning for cybersecurity and technology.
“We have people in Barbados who have the brain, who have the talent, who have the will, as long as we channel those energies in the right direction to make Barbados the centre of technology, the centre of cybersecurity in the world,” the Cumberbatch said.