New EU support for Barbados

Barbados to benefit from APP programme

Barbados’ indigenous Blackbelly sheep, as well as local herbs, spices and condiments have been earmarked for development under a European Union-funded Agriculture Policy Programme (APP).

The four-year partnership, valued at 8.6 million Euros, was officially launched here yesterday between the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat.

Ena Harvey, IICA’s Representative for Barbados
Ena Harvey, IICA’s Representative for Barbados

“We are working mainly on three value chain groups mainly –  small ruminants, sheep and goats; the herbs, spices and condiments sector; and roots and tubers,” said Ena Harvey, IICA’s Representative for Barbados and Management Coordinator for the Caribbean region.

She noted that “roots and tubers especially have an important role to play in food and nutrition security” since “we import a whole lot of our food and our root and tubers represent a component for our carbohydrate diet, where we could replace a lot of the imported wheat flour and processed wheat products with cassava, with the aroids, sweet potatoes, which are healthier for us and which are grown here,” Harvey added.

The IICA official pointed out that the Blackbelly sheep was an authentic Barbadian product with alot of commercial potential. However, she said the industry would need to be developed in a strategic way.

“So the agencies together with the Ministry of Agriculture, we are working on a lot of experience and expertise in the Greenland Station especially, where they have been tracking the genetics of improvement of our sheep and they know which farmers have the top genetic stocks.

A group of 15 farmers with high breed sheep has been identified by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). However, the herbs and condiments component is yet to be finalized.

“There is a core of farmers that we will start with, about 12-15 farmers, who have good quality animals and who have good committed sheep farmers and we will move from that core as we widen. But we start with a small, manageable core and institute good models for lifestock management for the nutrition trials.

“On the herb side, we have a cluster of persons from production right up to the market,” she said.

Other beneficiary countries of the APP are Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica a, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago.

A section of the audience at yesterday’s launch.
A section of the audience at yesterday’s launch.

8 Responses to New EU support for Barbados

  1. Caribbean Cooking
    Caribbean Cooking December 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Thanks – Barbados’ indigenous Blackbelly sheep and product get EU Support –

  2. seagul December 12, 2014 at 8:44 am

    The Barbadian society should take the steps to remove shame from farming. Agriculture is the basis of all economic activity. No agriculture means no freedom. We have also the advantage of accessible land.

  3. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne December 12, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Eu taxes shore to wipe out profits so she bold face lie

    • Joel C. Payne
      Joel C. Payne December 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Yep. cuzz Barbados don’t have any taxes riiiight?

  4. Patrick Blackman December 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Agree Layne, next they are going to steal the blackbelly breed from under us just like they did with the cotton.

    • Caribbean Cooking School December 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Barbados must ensure that ownership of all protected designation of origin (PDO), protected geographical indication (PGI), and traditional specialities guaranteed (TSG), promote and protect names of quality agricultural products and foodstuffs. under the Geographical indications and traditional specialities in the European Union.

      In essence all Bajan native products, produce and trademarked and protected for the benefit of Barbados and its econony not oversea money grabbers.

  5. jr smith December 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

    The government ,now need to put in place laws to protect the farmers from the local thieves. and a name and shame policy,

  6. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua December 13, 2014 at 12:42 am

    In past articles I have mention this..and said our lamb should be in every restaurant and supermarket worldwide…..but please don’t tell me that you will be sending any LIVESTOCK or SPERM ..because before you know it…..our authentic black belly sheep will be clone or interbreed and it will be no longer ours to market……8.6 million euros sounds like a lot ..but in 10.20 yrs….if it’s snatch from us….we will have nothing…I admire you for thinking outside the box…but use your brains and common sense while you are at it…..


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