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 were left with over 10,000 bags of onions in their barns unable to get them sold.

“We have to do something about this,” Paul said.

He told reporters “We want to go well beyond one hundred acres and it is expected that it will take us around 150 acres to actually supply the Barbadian market on a continuing basis.”

However, he stressed that this type of investment would not make sense without the cooperation of the private sector.

“So we want to appeal to buyers within the private sector, especially the wholesalers of onions, that they need to come and work with us.”

Paul said that putting more effort into such areas would help to stimulate the economy and should not be taken for granted.  “It will pay dividends for Barbados. It would help to stimulate economic activity in an area where it needs stimulation and it can also provide jobs to people out there that they can earn a living from.”

3 Responses to Paul cries over imported onions

  1. recoanthony May 31, 2016 at 7:09 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHA SAME OLD, SAME OLD STORY, PAUL HOW LONG HAVE U BEEN CRYING? SUPRISE U STILL HAVE WATER, NEED SOME PRECIOUS LIQUID..U KNOW DE DROUGHT GOT US GOOD.

    FARMERS DON’T LET DE ONIONS SPOIL ON WANNA HANDS EXAMPLE IF DE IMPORTED WHOLE SALE AT $35 PER BAG, HIT AT $34 AFTER ALL SOME BETTER THAN NONE, AN DE BARBADIAN PUBLIC HAVE TO ONION POOL AS WELL, EXAMPLE 2 OR 3 OF AH FAMILY COULD COME TOGETHER AN BUY AH BAG, DIVIDE THEM UP AND GET MORE ONIONS THAN IF ALL 3 WENT IN DE SUPERMARKET TO BUY INDIVISUALLY, LEAVE DUM ON THE SHELVES,T HEN WILL DE MESSAGE BE CLEAR. JUST AH LIL OBSERVASION.

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  2. jrsmith May 31, 2016 at 9:07 am

    @, Recoanthony, hail, hail , good shot must add missing the facts who benefits from the imports, are they government
    involvement in the importing, this is just like the chicken wings, but who could you trust ..

    The farmers in Barbados needs to be more robust and united , don’t trust the politicians control your sector. saw how they brought down the sugar industry, Bajans need to buy bajan more support our local farmers the more you buy the cheaper goods become and some employment is added…

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  3. Tony Waterman May 31, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    @The Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), James Paul. Instead of crying over imported onions, why odn’t you ACCEPT That you have FAILED at your Job, you have been doing this job for some time now, and still there is NO Database of Farmers in the Island, and NO Information in that NON EXISTANT Database of what Crops they are/have Planted and when they (The Crops) are supposed to hit the Market, if that Database was in place, Then you would be able to ascertain when/if Foreign shipments are/would be needed. yet you want Business Persons to rely on your antiquated Guessing Game system, and be left wanting. All you ever seem to do as Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), is to COMPLAIN, as CEO you are SUPPOSED to have SOLUTIONS to PROBLEMS, not to CREATE the Problems.
    SO!!! Shut up and get cracking, or give up the Job to someone who can/will do it, i can’t even say do it better, as you are NOT even doing it Good.

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