Thousands of jobs in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors are on the line.
Head of the Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul says that’s the situation facing the industries as Government considers removing duties and taxes on inputs for the hotel sector.
He tells Barbados TODAY the measure will prevent businesses from making enough money to continue operating and he’s doubtful that promised safeguards will work.
“This is not something we should be going for at this time. I’m saying I hear the cries of the tourism people but there’s a better way. There is a way in which all of us can proceed together without jeopardising one another’s future,” he said.
“All this will do it to put the jobs of thousands of people within both the agriculture and manufacturing sectors at risk. We have investments that people are prepared to make in the agriculture sector and the manufacturing sectors. This investment will be put at risk,” Paul added, insisting that his agency cannot support what is being proposed.