Category: Agriculture

Less than rosy year for farmers

2016 will go down as a less than rosy one for local farmers. In fact, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul today reported that vegetable and meat production had fallen at the end of last year. Paul also told Barbados TODAY milk production was disappointingly low as it fell below […]

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Temporary ban on fresh poultry from Europe

The Ministry of Agriculture has announced a temporary ban on the importation of fresh poultry from the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe. In a statement issued today by the Barbados Government Information Service, the ministry said the move by its Veterinary Services Department takes immediate effect and applies to all live birds, hatching […]

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Another side to the NCC

It has recently been on the receiving end of much public criticism over its handling of the April 2014 termination of over 100 of its employees. However, there was absolutely no sign of those recent hostilities today as General Manager Keith Neblett warmly welcomed members of the media into the NCC’s Codrington, St Michael headquarters […]

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Pacific Islands impressed with CARICOM agriculture

by Kenton Chance The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) may have made more progress in its agricultural sector than it realises, an official from the Pacific says, as his region takes lessons from the Caribbean ahead of its first Pacific Week of Agriculture, slated to take place next year. Neil Netaf, senior advisor to the Ministry of […]

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‘Take big view of agriculture’

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands– Stakeholders in the regional agricultural sector have been urged to take “a big view of agriculture” as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations continue to highlight the importance of food production to its economic and social development. The call from Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) Barton Clarke, came yesterday […]

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Look to organic farming – UNDP official

A senior official of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is promoting organic agriculture as the future of the sector here. Programme Manager of the UNDP’s Small Grant Programme (SGP) David Bynoe Tuesday advised farmers to get involved in organic farming and permaculture if they wanted to sustain the sector. “Permaculture and organic agriculture are two […]

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More action on climate change – Chandler

Chief Agricultural Officer Lennox Chandler has taken an apparent dig at the authorities for failing to support efforts by his department to combat the effects of climate change on the agriculture sector. Addressing a forum for farmers at the Barbados Water Authority Tuesday, Chandler suggested that there were those who gave lip service to the […]

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No water problems on animal farms in St Lucy

The severe water outages now plaguing parts of the island and taking a toll on animal farming, appear to have spared farmers in the northern parish of St Lucy. While there have been many stories of woe from residents mainly in the north and east of Barbados, and while some farmers have been complaining that […]

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Two Govt MPs lock horns over chicken wings

St Michael West Central MP James Paul has taken his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) colleague Donville Inniss to task over recent statements he made about the local poultry sector. Amid concerns about an increase in the importation of chicken and turkey wings, Inniss, who is the Minister of Commerce and Industry, had called on […]

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BAS official cries foul

Poultry farmers are in need of urgent help to save their livelihoods, vice president of the Barbados Egg and Poultry Producers Association (BEPPA) Stephen Layne said. And he is calling on authorities to take immediate action to stem the poultry imports that are putting a dent in local farmers’ business. “The industry at this point […]

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Thieves strike St Andrew livestock farmer

A St Andrew farmer remained angry and in disbelief yesterday, five days after thieves stole two of his cows and butchered them a stone’s throw from his farm. The farmer, who asked that he not be identified, said he was considering calling it a day because it made little sense putting in all the required […]

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Worry over imported food

One of the island’s top agriculture officials is warning that the health of local consumers could be compromised due to the high consumption of imported foods. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Elsworth Reid addressed the matter Tuesday morning at the start of a two-day regional workshop on food traceability, organized by the Inter-American Institute […]

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BWA extends water ban

The Barbados Water Authority has extended a ban on the use of water for a wide range of activities including the watering of gardens and lawns. Back in February, the authority imposed the restrictions at the height of a severe drought. In a statement issued this morning, the BWA says the ban will continue from […]

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Paul still in foul mood over imported chicken wings

The vexing issue of the illegal importation of chicken wings reared its head again today as the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) complained bitterly that the practice was continuing unabated despite its repeated protests. Not for the first time BAS Chief Executive Officer James Paul accused unnamed “unscrupulous importers” of bypassing the Barbados Agricultural Development & […]

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Crop thieves beware

A new praedial larceny Bill is due to go before Parliament by year end as Government seeks to crackdown on worrying crop theft. However, addressing stakeholders during an agriculture accountability seminar hosted by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) here on Tuesday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Fisheries & Water […]

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BAS looking to import cows

The cows can’t come home soon enough for local dairy farmers who plan to import 185 heifers from the United States to boost milk production. Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul today said the importation of the heifers was one of the issues discussed this morning with farmers who are […]

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Sugar shock

The sugar industry experienced a dreadful 2016 with a steep decline in production and a fall in the quality of the crop. General Manager of the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) Leslie Parris said against a backdrop of two consecutive years of drought, there was a 71.8 per cent fall in the tonnage of canes […]

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