RDC joins crime fight

The Rural Development Commission (RDC) today pledged its support to help reduce gun violence.

Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development Denis Kellman said the RDC had a responsibility to help provide alternative means of employment for the young men and women of Barbados.

“I pledge to join with churches in St Lucy to deal with this problem. We want them to put down something but we have to give them something to take up. The RDC will continue to use the resources available to us to have something for the youngsters to take up when we get them to put down the guns,” he said this morning as he addressed the organization’s 20th anniversary church service at the St Lucy Parish Church.


The minister said the RDC was already seeing a growing interest among young people in both the agriculture and fishing industries and it was therefore looking to expand opportunities in these areas.

“Small holdings must be given to these youngsters because it is from production that services are created. What is noticeable about the loans programme is that we have observed that young persons are starting to apply for loans and are showing some interest in farming activities. This is commendable and speaks very well for the future of our food security,” he added.

Additionally, Kellman said that the RDC was working to develop initiatives to build community tourism prospects, which he said would benefit job seekers.

“In our roads programme we are presently looking at the development of a number of coastline communities to assist in the development of community tourism initiatives. Our plan is to develop beaches which are located in villages so that these outlets become stops on the itinerary of tour operators thereby creating self-employment opportunities for the residents of the villages and other key players,” he said. (DB)

5 Responses to RDC joins crime fight

  1. Coralita September 18, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Minister Kellman, I know a young man from St. Lucy who put in an application at Rural Development Commission (RDC) to get a small loan to get his small business back up and running. He submitted all the required documents. However, the officer handling his case went on vacation for four (4) weeks. On her return, he called to get an update on the application only to be told she has not submitted it to the person to review as yet because she gave him some applications earlier and she hasn’t gotten them back and it does not make sense giving him anymore.

    Now you want to get up in here and give the impression that RDC really interested in helping young men take up something. Put your money where your mouth is, then I will take you serious.

    Too many government workers are too damn slow in getting things done, then we wonder why bout here is the way it is!!!

  2. jrsmith September 19, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Politicians in Barbados is now behaving as like the civil rights preachers in the (USA)…cannot speak to the people unless they is standing at a church pheu . Our so call ministers /politicians is so good at one thing always promising to do something which never happens…
    Only when things are ..(seen ).. to be done, by honest politicians is when the people will rejoice .

    Our political infrastructure is so top heavy we must worry what do they all do, because its all very non productive and they blame everyone else other than themselves for they failure…
    Why the Church groups and they preachers, the private sector , the police the Trade Unions be honest with themselves stop being namby , pamby have the …( so and so ).. to together and directly challenge the Barbados (Priminister ) and his Government Ministers as to and why nothing is being physically done about the (Guns , drugs and knife ) violence in Barbados……

  3. BaJan boy September 19, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Stupseeeeee all stupid long talk..Who does tek he serious though..Gloating in rhe position surely get wuh he never expect..

  4. Loretta Griffith September 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Bajan boy it’s time we deal with the issue/issues and not the politics. Stop the petty politics and be objective for once.
    You do not have to like a person, but you can have some honesty and call a spade a spade.
    There are persons in politics who no one has voted for and they are determining our destiny. Like others would say they are appointed not elected.
    What many of us need is some integrity for once.

  5. Alex Alleyne September 19, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Every politician seems to know how to fix the problems in their friend’s ministry. Why don’t the PM shift them around in order to get BDS back on the right path. (urgent)


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