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Farmers can’t count on BWA – Paul

Local agriculturists have been told they could not count on the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to provide all the water they will require to irrigate their farms in 2016 because of the challenges the state company will face in the coming year. Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul has predicted […]

Another sugar threat

Sugar officials are worried that the proposed multi-purpose factory at Andrews, St Joseph may not be able to get off the ground, on account of a worsening drought, which is said to be impacting not only sugar production, but the entire 2016 cane harvest. This year, the crop produced just over 10,700 tonnes of raw […]

Govt fights for farm workers programme

Government has vowed to fight to ensure that Canada keeps its Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme –– commonly referred to as the Canadian Farm Labour Programme –– which employs dozens of Barbadians agricultural workers annually to meet the short-term demand for manual labour during the peak planting and harvesting seasons. In a meeting today with scores […]

Holy cow!

Having experienced a “boom year” this year, dairy farmers fear they may not be able to keep up with rising demand in 2016. Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) James Paul said while the milk business has done the body good so far, Barbados faces the prospects of not having enough locally-produced […]

High praise for Youth in Agriculture programme

The three-year-old Youth in Agriculture Farm programme, which has turned out a crop of 113 secondary school students to date, is being hailed as a model that should be “widely adopted” to complement the education and training system. This call came from deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour Yolande Howard, as she appealed […]

BAS wants more private sector support

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agriculture Society, James Paul, would like more private sector entities to support the local agriculture sector, especially those who receive “healthy subsidies” from government. Addressing the recent Annual General Assembly of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), Paul noted that the BAS’ continuing relationship with Sandals and Massy Super Centre […]

Farmers getting Canada boost

Local farmers are to receive assistance in boosting productivity and accessing high value markets through a sustainable economic growth programme funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and the Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF). The World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) on Wednesday morning signed […]

Students in Ilaro tree planting

 Students of St Lawrence Primary and Providence School yesterday joined representatives of the Ocean Two luxury resort in observing Arbor Day in Barbados. Staff of Ocean Two Resort & Residences, located at Dover in Christ Church, teamed up with the primary school students in planting Pride Of Barbados trees at the official residence of the Prime Minister at Ilaro Court. Acting Prime Minister […]

It’s a go

After months of uncertainty and a war of words between Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler over funding for the Barbados Cane Industry Restructuring Project (BCIRP), preparatory work has finally started on the proposed site for a multi-purpose sugar factory at Andrews, St Joseph. However, Ian Rogers, chief operating […]

Milk farmers, processor happy with incentives

The island’s leading milk processor and the farmers are over the moon regarding the incentives and subsidy announced in yesterday’s Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals presented in Parliament by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler. Minister Sinckler outlined a five-point plan of targeted subsidy/incentive with which he said farmers would be able to reduce their farm […]

Sad move

The Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul, says it will be a tragedy for the sugar industry if the Sagicor-owned Barbados Farms Limited, one of the island’s largest cane growers, pulls out. Paul, a Government backbencher in the House of Assembly, is therefore urging the Freundel Administration to step in […]

Crisis point

A top Government official today warned that Barbados’ agriculture sector was now at the point of crisis, and its food security under severe threat. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Esworth Reid, issued the grim assessment as he addressed the official launch of the Youth Agri-preneurship Incubator […]

Prime land

The Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) is in negotiations with CLICO judicial manager Patrick Toppin of Deloitte Consulting to persuade him to free up 2,000 acres of plantation lands owned by the company that are now needed for Government’s multi-purpose sugar factory to meet its targets. The Todds and Wakefield plantations in St John are […]

BAMC boss calls for routine patrols of sugarcane fields

The general manager of the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) today called for routine police and army joint patrols of sugar cane fields against the backdrop of a large number of cane fires last year. Parris also pleaded with residents not to burn the canes. He told Barbados TODAY that when cane fires were set, […]

Poultry producers want investigation into imports

President of the Barbados Egg and Poultry Producers Association Carlyle Brathwaite has called on Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick to look into the importation of breaded and marinated poultry products into the country under a low 20 per cent customs duty rate. He raised the concern today in an interview with the media during […]


The Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS) is calling for an investigation to determine if cabbage imported for the School Meals Department, ended up providing competition for domestic farmers on the open market. Chief Executive Officer, James Paul, made the call today in response to approaches from farmers who, he said, had raised concerns with him recently. […]

New inspectors to combat praedial larceny

Government is introducing a special class of enforcement officer – the agricultural inspector – in a move to effectively tackle praedial larceny or crop theft which is a longstanding headache for many local farmers. According to Minister of Agriculture, Dr David Estwick, the inspectors will have legal authority to engage in any sector where farm […]

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