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System launched to reduce food import bill

A Market Information System (MIS) has been launched in a bid to reduce Barbados’ multi-million dollar food import bill.

The system, valued at $1 million, allows the Ministry of Agriculture to monitor food produce trends and other developments on the local market.

Speaking during this morning’s launch at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Esworth Reid said the mechanism would provide all necessary data to prevent importers from bringing in products that are available here, particularly those of low quality.

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organisation are collaborating on the MIS.




4 Responses to System launched to reduce food import bill

  1. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick May 21, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    not going to work …..the demands for inported stuff are there the consumer wants them so it cant be reduced

  2. Neysa Huey
    Neysa Huey May 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    soooo when are they going to go after the thieves who steal the crops our farmers are trying to grow? Until they get serious about crop theft, why should farmers continue growing food?

  3. Jane Johnson
    Jane Johnson May 21, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Good idea

  4. Sanderson Rowe May 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    If those highly qualified gurus now in charge had listened to what is commonly termed the man in the street , this system could have been in operation for decades. This is nothing new,except it will be aided by computers. In the far off days, the Agricultural Extension Officers, like MR St John, used to be out in the field daily advising the farmers on which crops to produce, and in such a way that there was not much duplication that would lead to wastage.


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