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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 […]

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 & […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Paul cries over imported onions

The Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul, wants the private sector to work with the Ministry of Agriculture to develop a system to control the importation onions, at a time when local production is up. During a news conference today, Paul said following a successful onion season this year, farmers […]

Breaking bread

His recent proposal for Government to secure US$5 billion in debt financing from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) simply did not fly. However, after paying an official visit to the Gulf state last week, Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick appears to have finally ditched that controversial plan for an equally ambitious Arab cure. Speaking […]

Crop cop

For more than 23 years, Charles Crawford was on the frontline of the national fight against crime. Now retired, he is quietly on a mission to crack down on praedial larceny. The retired police officer operates a unique service that has been reaping dividends for farmers. At night when most are fast asleep, Crawford and […]

Stronger action needed to stop crop theft

A St Philip farm manager, whose business has been a repeated target of crop thieves, is not totally moved by the recent spate of arrests. Richard Armstrong, general manager of Sunbury, St Philip-based Armag Farms, says police need to go undercover to public markets where he alleges stolen produce is openly sold every week. Armstrong […]

Troubled crop

This year’s cotton crop may be in danger with up to 40 per cent of the yield likely to go to waste due to a shortage of cotton pickers. And farmers say they face an even greater challenge posed by their inability to attract young harvesters to replace the increasingly aging group of labourers. Chief […]

Save us!

The 2016 sugar cane harvest, which is expected to produce the lowest-ever output of sugar, started this week with some workers expressing concern about the industry’s future. They called for more to be done to save the industry which for more than three centuries was the lynchpin of the island’s economy and a major provider […]

Jones hails youth at Agrofest

Education Minister Ronald Jones has lauded the participation of young people in this year’s Agrofest, saying he was “extremely pleased” with the quality of their work. “I’m seeing a variety of different things. A great amount of produce. I’ve seen the work of the schools, the 4H movement… I’m seeing so many young people who […]

Call for regional marketing of Agrofest

Locals and visitors alike were out in their numbers at this weekend’s Agrofest, with one patron calling for regional marketing of the island’s main agriculture exhibition. Beekeeper based in Grenada, Jeanette McEwen told Barbados TODAY there is also need raise the profile of the agriculture sector. “Your advertising is low outside the island, it really […]

Praying for rain

They say when it rains it pours. And that’s exactly what farmers in Barbados are hoping for. The rains can’t get here any sooner for some of the island’s farmers, some of whom have been battling to keep their businesses alive in the current drought conditions over the past several months. Earlier this week, the […]

Paul: Unkept $2m promise is a disgrace

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul has lambasted the “bureaucratic constipation” that has prevented the administration from making good on a promise to provide the agricultural sector with $2 million in assistance. Speaking yesterday at an awards ceremony at Pine Hill Diary for two farmers who produced the best quality […]

Bishop and Davis are the cream of PHD

Two of the island’s dairy farmers have emerged as the cream of the crop, producing the best quality milk supplied to Pine Hill Diary (PHD) during the fourth quarter of 2015. Barry Bishop of Bishop’s Farm and Paul Davis of Walker’s Dairy rose to the top today as they were rewarded for their efforts with […]

Climate change training for farmers

Local farmers will have a training facility in the coming months to assist them in preparing for the impact of climate change, the Ministry of Agriculture has announced. News of the government initiative to help local farmers cope with the effects of changing weather patterns came last night from acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry […]

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