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BAS wants concessions from Government

BAS wants concessions from Government

The legal entity charged with representing the interests of the agricultural sector wants Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to provide tax concessions or some other benefits to reward companies that support local farmers. The Barbados Agricultural Society (BAS), led by Government backbencher James Paul, said such concessions would spur growth of the sector. “One of […]

Major lapse

Major lapse

Seven years after the shell oil company reached an undisclosed settlement with Christ Church farmers angered by an aviation fuel leak on their lands, which dates back to 1995, more landowners are now seeking compensation for their losses. The settlement at the time covered 25 of about 33 farmers and landowners in Gibbons Boggs, Wilcox, […]

Young people wanted

Young people wanted

More young people are being encouraged to get involved in agriculture. And those gathered for a graduation and opening ceremony for the Youth in Agriculture Programme Phase 10 at the Ellerton Community Centre, were urged to give agriculture a fair chance and to see it as a serious career. In delivering remarks, Chief Agricultural Officer […]

Cane farmers still awaiting promised incentives

Cane farmers still awaiting promised incentives

With Government struggling to meet its financial obligation to private sector sugar cane farmers, one of the leading industry officials is calling on the administration to make good on its commitment so the farmers can reinvest. Barbados TODAY understands that for the 2017 crop, Government, through the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation, has only […]

Too much arable land going to waste

Too much arable land going to waste

If it is one thing that Opposition Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde and Government’s St Michael West Central representative James Paul agree on, it is that there’s need for preservation of agricultural land. Speaking on a resolution, which was later passed in the House, for the compulsory acquisition of land at Brighton, […]

Cassava riches

Cassava riches

Cassava flour could soon be readily available on supermarket shelves here in more than adequate supplies, with the construction of a near quarter-million-dollar cassava flour plant expected to go into operation by September. Chief Executive Officer of the state-run Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) Shawn Tudor told Barbados TODAY planning permission had already […]

Farm hunt

Farm hunt

With the local economy under severe strain and stress and pressure mounting on Government to cut jobs, the Freundel Stuart administration has stepped up its efforts to find work for Barbadians overseas. Following a recent visit to Washington DC, Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has revealed that Government is actively pursuing opportunities under […]

Pass laws to cut sugar content – Gibbs-Taitt

Pass laws to cut sugar content – Gibbs-Taitt

If Government is serious about reducing the sugar content in sweetened drinks it will enact the necessary legislation to ensure it happens, a leading consumer rights advocate has said. At the same time, Director General of the Barbados Consumer Research Association Malcolm Gibbs-Taitt has led a stinging attack on proponents of higher taxes to control […]

‘Victimized’

‘Victimized’

St Lucy farmer Roger Seliciano is crying victimization over a decision by the Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) to evict him from the Land for the Landless programme. The Government initiative provides arable land through lease or licence arrangements to bona fide farmers who otherwise would not have been able to access land. […]

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