Paul wants answers from UWI on donated land

Questions were raised in Parliament today about a gift of 40 acres of land at Dukes Plantation, St Thomas given to the University of the West Indies (UWI) four years ago, and whether the learning institution would put it to proper use.

Member of Parliament for St Michael West Central James Paul insisted that the land, donated by philanthropist Eddie Edghill and his family, should only be used for agricultural purposes.

However, while stating there was no clear indication of UWI’s intentions, the Government backbencher suggested that the university was looking to build on it.

“I continue to plead with the University of the West Indies about that land at Dukes in St Thomas. You know up to this day there has been no active consultation with the agricultural sector on how we should proceed. I get the impression that all they think about is they get a facility and all they want to do is to put buildings on it,” he said in his contribution to the debate on a resolution on the Green Economy Scoping Study.

Back in September 2013, Sir Hilary Beckles, who was principal of the Cave Hill Campus at the time, had indicated that the land would be used to establish a Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship.

Paul today tacitly criticized that statement, saying the country needed “crops in the ground” not buildings on it.

“We have to be careful that when we get agricultural land that even the institutions that are suppose to set an example don’t turn around and do the same foolishness, because in truth and in fact what is needed in Barbados is what is called field research stations for agriculture crops and it don’t take business to go on there, because what you need is crops in the ground, not buildings on the ground,” the parliamentarian and Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society stressed.

6 Responses to Paul wants answers from UWI on donated land

  1. Tony Webster November 2, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Mr. Paul…ease yuh-self: you cud as well plant sour-grass up there: U.W.I. brokes; government brokes. Renting it out as pasture, or letting some folks squat there and raise black-belly, would be far more practical, at least until we can find some sensible, able, and willing folks to disccharge their responsibilities as leaders of this country. Effin yuh cyan find a Bajan to work the land, you might be lucky to butt-up pon a suitable Guyanaese left-back here: they doan “work” the land…the LOVE the land.

    It costs nothing to generate such empty mouthings as “Centre for Food security and Entrepreneurship”.

  2. Sue Donym November 2, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Looka wuh @Tony Webster gone and do. Tony, once people squat in Bim, they don’t leave peaceably. I’m afraid that the only seed you planted is one of conspiracy to tek way de land from UWI and to grow the level of discontent with the ‘educated fools’/elite.

    That aside, if Mr Paul and the BAS can’t persuade traditional or recent farmers to work with their agricultural plans, does he really think that he will convince the UWI to use their gift to NOT act like a university? Even so, Dukes being a little off the beaten track has attracted illegal dumpers and would no doubt catch the eyes of crop thieves. They would therefore have to build some security structures, monitoring and housing/storage facilities.

    In any event, does Mr Paul know the conditions under which the land was given or whether the benefactor had a vision that UWI agreed to carry out? Still some pertinent questions.

  3. Charles Atkins
    Charles Atkins November 2, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Tell the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies; feel free to cultivate the 40 acres of land ( no Mule ), with the cannabis plant. This of course will only be used in controlled experiments, so as to gather empirical evidence as to the merits or demerits of the medicinal value of the Herb.
    Puff puff pass hahahahahahaha.

  4. Alex Alleyne November 2, 2016 at 9:56 am

    @C, Atkins, then the big-ups at UWI will hold a meeting and argue ” we can move on to stage 2, from “Medical use” to “Recreational use”.
    Think we in BIM watch the movie “Up in Smoke” to many times.

  5. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn November 2, 2016 at 11:04 am

    That’s right Mr Paul “no more buildinfs”yes u need to see food not no long talk and preaching and then a usless so called degree that wont function.Why I say that who wabrs to employ a farmer who only sits behund a desk and gives instructions for a fat salary.That’s how the whole of Bim is right now

  6. Tony Waterman November 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Unfortunatelly, MR.Paul as Usual is Barking up the Wrong Tree, with the Absence of ANY Legal Laws/Rules Governing which Lands are DEDICATED to Agriculture, and which can be used for other Means (Housing Etc), UWI has the LEGAL right at this time to use that land for whatever they intend to use it for, why does Mr.Paul Not do things the Proper way, and Bring a backbencher’s Bill to Parliament which will (If Passed) set up a system to control which Lands are Agricultural and which are NOT. that i thing will solve the issue that he is trying to bring up , but in the wrong Medium.

    There was just a Dying Member of the Canadian Parliament who did just that and it was Successful (Just after that he Died) So Mr Paul you Bill will Stand a Chance, and Hopefully you will still be Alive to see it through. go get em.


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