Category: Agriculture

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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BAS wants concessions from Government

The legal entity charged with representing the interests of the agricultural sector wants Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to provide tax concessions or some other benefits to reward companies that support local farmers. The Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), led by Government backbencher James Paul, said such concessions would spur growth of the sector. “One of […]

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Major lapse

Seven years after the shell oil company reached an undisclosed settlement with Christ Church farmers angered by an aviation fuel leak on their lands, which dates back to 1995, more landowners are now seeking compensation for their losses. The settlement at the time covered 25 of about 33 farmers and landowners in Gibbons Boggs, Wilcox, […]

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Young people wanted

More young people are being encouraged to get involved in agriculture. And those gathered for a graduation and opening ceremony for the Youth in Agriculture Programme Phase 10 at the Ellerton Community Centre, were urged to give agriculture a fair chance and to see it as a serious career. In delivering remarks, Chief Agricultural Officer […]

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Cane farmers still awaiting promised incentives

With Government struggling to meet its financial obligation to private sector sugar cane farmers, one of the leading industry officials is calling on the administration to make good on its commitment so the farmers can reinvest. Barbados TODAY understands that for the 2017 crop, Government, through the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation, has only […]

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Too much arable land going to waste

If it is one thing that Opposition Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde and Government’s St Michael West Central representative James Paul agree on, it is that there’s need for preservation of agricultural land. Speaking on a resolution, which was later passed in the House, for the compulsory acquisition of land at Brighton, […]

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Cassava riches

Cassava flour could soon be readily available on supermarket shelves here in more than adequate supplies, with the construction of a near quarter-million-dollar cassava flour plant expected to go into operation by September. Chief Executive Officer of the state-run Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) Shawn Tudor told Barbados TODAY planning permission had already […]

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Farm hunt

With the local economy under severe strain and stress and pressure mounting on Government to cut jobs, the Freundel Stuart administration has stepped up its efforts to find work for Barbadians overseas. Following a recent visit to Washington DC, Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has revealed that Government is actively pursuing opportunities under […]

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Pass laws to cut sugar content – Gibbs-Taitt

If Government is serious about reducing the sugar content in sweetened drinks it will enact the necessary legislation to ensure it happens, a leading consumer rights advocate has said. At the same time, Director General of the Barbados Consumer Research Association Malcolm Gibbs-Taitt has led a stinging attack on proponents of higher taxes to control […]

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'Victimized'

St Lucy farmer Roger Seliciano is crying victimization over a decision by the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) to evict him from the Land for the Landless programme. The Government initiative provides arable land through lease or licence arrangements to bona fide farmers who otherwise would not have been able to access land. […]

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Boycott them!

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul is fuming over a business entity’s importation of 900 cases of coconut water from Guyana, and he is appealing to Barbadians to boycott the imported drink. In an interview with Barbados TODAY this afternoon, Paul lambasted the business, saying its action was “undermining the […]

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Sweeter crop

This year’s sugar harvest kicks off on Monday, with officials anticipating a much higher yield than last year’s disappointing 7,000 tonnes of raw sugar. Speaking at a workshop for cane harvesters and planters at the West Indies Central Sugar Cane Breeding Station Friday, Chairman of Barbados Sugar Industry Limited Patrick Bethell revealed that the 2017 […]

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Sir Frank knocks landowners

A leading economist is placing the blame for the dwindling sugar cane production on “laziness” in the private sector, specifically large sugar cane landowners. Addressing Friday’s Democratic Labour Party (DLP) lunchtime lecture on the topic ‘Fiscal Consolidation in Small Developing Economies’ at the party’s George Street, Belleville, St Michael headquarters, Sir Frank Alleyne said Barbados’ sugar […]

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