Barbadians urged to quench their appetite for foreign foods

Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture Stephen Lashley believes Barbadians have become too dependent on foreign foods.

Speaking at today’s launch of the Community Independence Celebrations Secretariat’s Mini Parks and Gardens Competition, Lashley said: “We have a taste now for everything that is foreign and it bears a cost in relation to the utilization of our scarce foreign reserves.

“Unless we pay keen attention to that and unless every citizen in Barbados makes a deliberate effort to consume locally produced food . . . unless we make a great effort to shift our consumption patterns and unless we can generate more foreign exchange, Barbados as a country will continue to have problems in terms of our balance of payments, our foreign reserves and our ability to earn foreign exchange,” he added.

Lashley also defended his administration’s 2017 Financial Statements and Budgetary Proposals which included the introduction of a two per cent tax on foreign exchange and a 500 per cent hike in the National Social Responsibility Levy effective July 1.

“The Government does not impose taxes willy nilly. Taxes are imposed to pay for goods and services,” he said.

“Everything we are doing here is related to our economy, the protection of our environment, the growing of local foods and the consumption of local foods is very much related to our ability to pay our way in the world and we have to be conscious of it,” he stressed.

The Government minister said it was time for Barbadians to revive the traditional practices of kitchen gardening or small scale farming to help ease the current economic burden, adding that the Mini Parks and Gardens Competition was the initial step towards a solution.

“I think the competitions are meant to be a wake-up call to try and get us back to those traditional practices of growing some of our food and the most significant message that has to be sent is that we have to become aware that we are spending money on foreign foods and therefore what we have to do is translate that into taxes. We are paying more taxes because of these practices,” he said.

“Let each household grow a kitchen garden or use some tyres to have some controlled kitchen gardening that we redouble our efforts to buying local foods [and] supporting local production,” Lashley added.

80 Responses to Barbadians urged to quench their appetite for foreign foods

  1. Santini More
    Santini More June 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    What about expensive foreign vehicles, should we also all quench our appetites for these too?

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    • Sophia Cumberbatch
      Sophia Cumberbatch June 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      I guess we must also quench our thirst for foreign clothes ,shoes, books and whatever else comes from foreign.

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    • Martine Boyer
      Martine Boyer June 17, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      They are basically saying live with less 🙁

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  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    So ban importation of foreign foods ..
    Include hotels and locals who shop overseas on a regular

    You joking…

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  3. Dwayne Sealy
    Dwayne Sealy June 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    actions should match the message: Min. of Agriculture should be brimming with money for local food growing programs.

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  4. Elaine Vanhuis
    Elaine Vanhuis June 17, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    grow more food, eat local and in season sure cure for the epidemic of diabetes in the country.

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  5. Gary Eckstein
    Gary Eckstein June 17, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    reopen Eckstein School

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  6. Seth St John
    Seth St John June 17, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    How about this… i take my hard earned money and pay for food that i enjoy, you take your opinions of what I should do with MY money and… well use your imagination…..
    when you clowns stop spending our tax money on 700,000.00 Mercedes maybe the populace may take you seriously…

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    • Seth St John
      Seth St John June 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Don’t get me wrong I eat local most of the time! But i get very angry when someone with the financial management skills of a concrete block tries to tell me what to do with the piece of change that i have after paying taxes and bills

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    • Dwayne Sealy
      Dwayne Sealy June 18, 2017 at 9:36 am

      **thumps table**

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  7. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews June 17, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    make it affordable for all , greed and no compassion , and ignorance has every local food expensive , yet imported even with the import tax is way cheaper , FIX IT

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  8. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman June 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    SMH at what Barbados has for an elected government.

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  9. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe June 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Only them to eat foreign thats why all dem so….ppl can work and buy what the hell they want to eat why d hell they dont get a garden too

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  10. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe June 17, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    DEM dont know bout Eckstein school it foreign loll

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  11. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe June 17, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Everytime u look round some bs in your face

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  12. Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor
    Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor June 17, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    how bout wunna not try to molest people with the prices of local foods and we can adjust our tastes for more local stuff

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    • Bajan Fahlife
      Bajan Fahlife June 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Molest you mean bull. That past molest now.

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    • Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor
      Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor June 17, 2017 at 11:53 pm

      Bajan Fahlife i tried to choose my words carefully. my original words was something much more vulgar

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor June 18, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Like d price of a breadfruit $5… Ya lucky if somebody feel fa ya and sell ya one fa $3…. A bajan pear fa $6 and $5! Local prices does really kill ya fa trut!

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  13. joan Worrell June 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I feel sorry for some of you young people who depend on imported food to survive. Unfortunately you don’t read the labels on the packages or cans. Most of the preservatives which are used, are dangerous for your health. It hurts me to see how you flock to gas stations on morning to buy hot dogs for you and your kids. Hot dogs often have high sodium, fat and nitrite content, ingredients linked to health problems. Then you have spam which is canned and marketed with the prettiest label in the world. However, stop and read the contents before you put it in your trolley or basket. It is a canned, precooked meat mixture that is often referred to as mystery meat. Why it’s not good for you: A single serving of spam has about 53% of the recommended amount of sodium. It’s high in cholesterol and fat, and it has no nutrients or vitamins. Why are you eating these food poisons for breakfast instead of a flying fish, a piece of shark, a fish cake or two, a local fresh egg or two or some of the day-before food. Stop watching movies and tune to network news at the top of the hour and you would see the amount of salmonella bacteria that contaminates foods and crops produced in the U.S.A. Go to the market and check the oversize carrots grown in America. Think about the amount of chemicals used to get them to that size. Think about the high incidence of breast cancer among Caribbean women. Stop pulling down your locally produced foods. They don’t need preservatives. Buy from the farm gate if you don’t trust the vendors in the markets and on the streets.

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    • hcalndre June 18, 2017 at 12:17 am

      @Joan Worrell, what do you know about foods that grow in the US? do you know of anyone that have died of poisoning from eating imported foods? Some of the foods that Barbados imports I really don`t know where they`re actually from. Is this the same Lashley who said that it should be mandatory that home owners should have their homes insured? Some supermarket cashier should be able to drop a hint to someone about Lashley`s food basket. Is the food that he and others eat in parliament on days are 100% locally produced?

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  14. John Blandford
    John Blandford June 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Backward thinking again. Why cant you grow most of the “foreign” foods you import? Why do you want the people to regress and not progress. Why imported tomatoes, sweet corn, mushrooms, oranges and many more. As for the prices some supermarket charge for what other countries take as staple food?

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    • hcalndre June 18, 2017 at 12:27 am

      Barbados have to import the bulk of their food because people don`t want to go to the super market one week and purchase an item and next time they is none to be found. Tell what Barbados can supply that would make the prices reasonable?They would tell people to eat breadfruits that are grown right there and they`re priced as if they are imported and at times they are none to be found.

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    • Everick Holder
      Everick Holder June 18, 2017 at 7:42 am

      I try to plant a few, but the Monkeys reap and destroy most.
      That’s a big disincentive. And then slugs & worms. I am not making excuses but just telling of my experiences. Now translate that to the large farmers and add in theft, and you will get a better feel for the problems with trying to grow your own food, in this Barbados

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    • John Blandford
      John Blandford June 18, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Kenya has managed to supply Europe for years. Lots of wldlife. Just use modern methods.

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  15. James Amlighty
    James Amlighty June 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Where is the local food that we can afford?… these people just talk cause they jaws ain’t frozen…

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    • Corey Watson
      Corey Watson June 18, 2017 at 10:54 am

      That is what i was coming to say…..the imports cheaper than the local food. When i decide i going buy local, i decide i have buy less.

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  16. Gail Jewel
    Gail Jewel June 17, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Are they going to support farmers more, and make prices affordable for all.

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  17. joan Worrell June 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    @ James Amighty
    Just give the readers the names of the imported foods and their prices which are cheaper than the locally produced ones. Added to that, state whether or not they have cancer causing preservatives added to satisfy your eyes and your taste buds .You either don’t shop or don’t know where to shop for locally produced foods.

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  18. joan Worrell June 17, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    For all of you who are criticising locally produced foods, just visit any of the other Caribbean Islands and tell readers if you see the supermarkets and food outlets carrying the USA dumped foods which we crave so much. Every week there is a recall by supermarkets in the USA for salmonella bacteria contaminated foods. We are living in a false world.

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    • hcalndre June 18, 2017 at 12:39 am

      @Joan Worrell, what foods that Barbados produces that can compare with any of the islands including Guyana, not even the coconuts that they`re keeping noise about.

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  19. joan Worrell June 17, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I posted the following article at 3.15 today in another Barbados Today column i.e long before the Minister is reported to have made his statement.

    You must learn to separate your needs from your wants. Secondly , you do not have to buy string beans at 6 dollars a pound. Leave them in the vendor’s tray. They are just another green vegetable. You can substitute them with local green cabbage , Chinese cabbage,, okras, spinach and celery. The beautiful thing about these substitutes is that they can all be blanched and frozen . Add to that selection, green sweet peppers but don’t freeze them. They are always plentiful. You don’t have to buy vegetables every week. When you go to PriceSmart and pick up a bag of mixed vegetables , you are paying for imported frozen vegetables. Why not freeze the local vegetables yourselves?
    Yes, I have dealt with green vegetables so far. now let us have a look at the local red vegetables…. You can buy beet, local red cabbage, tomatoes when they are plentiful, red sweet peppers, and radish. And finally we come to the yellow vegetables. Pumpkin and squash are sold at a very affordable price throughout the year. Carrots can be bought when they are cheap, blanched and frozen.
    Nobody likes the imposition of additional taxes but if you the farmers can work hard and supply the market with local vegetables throughout the year, the additional taxes would force Bajans to buy according to what they can afford. It will be a blessing in disguise. Bajans must cut back on the imported stuff which has the same or less nutritional value than the locally
    produced vegetables.
    Cud God, when the flying fish are sold at 60 dollars a hundred, buy a hundred nuh!! Learn to scale , de-bone and freeze them. You don’t have to do all at the same time . Put them into packs of 10 in the freezer and debone them at your convenience. Instead of eating hot dogs for breakfast, eat a flying fish. I haven’t seen frays for a long time but if they are available on the West coast, buy some and make fray cakes for breakfast. Forget the musty imported spam. Read the label and you would see the contents. It is just a sweet tasting food to give you diabetes and hypertension. And finally, stop buying imported beef burgers. Local ground beef is available . Make your own beefburgers . They are healthier.
    I have forgotten the local starches and fruits . I have seen so many mangoes this year that I am frightened. Peel them and freeze the flesh. They make a lovely drink. You have your passion fruit sometimes. When they are available, there is no need to buy orange or grapefruit juice. Enjoy your water melons when they are plentiful. I have never juiced and frozen them but I believe it can be done. What about the golden apples? They too can be peeled and the flesh frozen for later juicing. There again you have a lovely apple jouce.
    And finally finally finally. Why buy imported starches apart from rice and English potatoes.? 10 lbs of English potatoes cost about 7 dollars at the most and rice still relatively cheap. If you are not a lover of the two of those starches, you have cassava which can be peeled and frozen. local sweet potatoes and yams when the prices are right, eddoes, corn and the king of them all i.e locally milled flour which can make a few dumplings, bakes, bread, cakes and fishcakes to name a few Bajan favourite dishes.
    Let us stop complaining about the price increase of imported foods and support our local farmers.
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    • hcalndre June 18, 2017 at 1:06 am

      @Joan Worrell, you have spoken about frozen foods and you think that the food and vegs that you see in the super markets are just bagged and frozen, only thing that you mention is the fish, other things that you mention, tells me you don`t have a clue about freezing anything and what is the result. You must buy a water melon and freeze it, then tell the public about it, the only fruit you have mention is mangoes, where is the grapes, strawberries, pears, peaches, plums that don`t even grow near barbados. what about fresh oranges and grapefruits, where are them?

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    • Coralita June 18, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Joan stop hurting your head with these people. When you cannot cook you don’t know how to substitute foods and cook healthily on a budget. I used to fret back in the day, but looking back I do not regret that my mom had me in the kitchen learning to cook from primary school and then I went on to the Polytechnic and did the two-year food studies programme.

      Last time I checked spinach and chinese cabbage cost practically nothing and these are things are easily grown here. I am always looking for locally produced carrots as well. I support locally grown foods 100%.

      Today’s generation have no clue what you are talking about. The only language they understand is macaroni pie and fried chicken, Chefette, KFC, Burger King, Chicken Barn and all the other fast food outlets. Hotdogs, chicken nuggets, luncheon meat. Nothing healthy about the aforementioned. Then we want to know why bajans are so sick and why Barbados is the amputation capital of the world. It gine get worst before it gets better.

      The minister isn’t saying anything wrong. I hear Dennis Johnson saying the same thing on Brasstacks all the time about bajans having to change their pallets and no one cusses him out. They are both correct. I never had this problem in my family, even the one grandchild who is a preteen would ask for her okras and salad to eat on her food. It is how you train them.

      Barbados has now become a nation of excuses and the excuses are always why they cannot do something, why they cannot make changes for the better, just read most of the comments. However, when the doctor gives them the bad diagnosis I am sure their outlook will change.

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    • Gill June 18, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Well said…and you’ve provided much “food for thought” (no pun intended), Joan Worrell! I think that it would be to the greater good to, at least, consider/re-examing ways for going back to this healthier basic!

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  20. The Rock June 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Do we spend most of our foreign currency on imported foods? What about the 500+ imported vehicles that come through the port each month? What about all of our lumber, building materials and almost everything else? While I agree that we should eat more of what we grow, there must be good enough incentives for people to grow the foods. What has this Government done about the farmers situation of losing their crops to thieves? What has been done to the farmers whose livestock is lost by thieves every week? Mr Lashley should set an example and grow his own food instead of eating all the imported foods that he enjoys with his other cabinet colleagues. Hush man!!

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  21. Empress-jay Brathwaite
    Empress-jay Brathwaite June 17, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Lol caught red handed

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  22. joan Worrell June 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    The Rock

    You have confirmed what I said above. Barbadians are living in a false world. They are imported things which they can’t afford including the 500+ vehicles each month. Where the hell is that money coming from. Is the country that rich?

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  23. joan Worrell June 17, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Above should read ” They are importing instead of they are imported” etc

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  24. joan Worrell June 17, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    We have gotten so foolish in Barbados that we frown on gooseberries and waste foreign exchange on strawberries thinking that they are superior to gooseberries in nutritional value. Have a look at what you are missing from the gooseberry.

    Health benefits of gooseberries

    Gooseberries are low in calories; 100 g of fresh berries hold just 44 calories. As in blackcurrants, they too have significantly high amounts of phenolic phytochemicals, especially flavones and anthocyanins. Both of these compounds have been found to have numerous health-benefiting effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.

    They moderately good in anti-oxidant values. At 3277 μmol TE/100g, gooseberries have oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) value, which can be comparable to that of red currants (3387umol TE/100g).

    The berries are an excellent source of vitamin-C. 100 g of fresh berries provide 27.7 μg or 46% of daily-recommended intake values of vitamin C. Research studies have shown that consumption of fruits rich in vitamin-C helps the human body develop immunity against infectious agents, and help scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals from the human body.

    They carry a small amount of vitamin-A. 100 g berries have 290 IU or 10% of RDA of this vitamin. Vitamin-A required for maintaining the integrity of mucosa and skin and essential component of the visual cycle. Also, consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamins and flavonoid antioxidants has been found to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

    Fresh berries contain small amounts of essential vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), folates, and thiamin (vitamin B-1). Some of these vitamins are essential in the sense that the body requires them for metabolism from external sources to replenish.

    Furthermore, gooseberries contain moderate levels of minerals such as copper, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.

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    • hcalndre June 18, 2017 at 1:17 am

      @ Joan Worrell, you`re telling the people to eat bajan gooseberries, do you see them on the supermarket shelves? nothing that you have mentioned can`t even be supplied locally for home consumption.

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  25. Maville Giddings
    Maville Giddings June 17, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Eating back their vomit these are the same set say by local no fornin goods what happen now tired of wanner

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  26. Bajan Fahlife
    Bajan Fahlife June 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    They trick the people. They insult the people. They belittle them. And most will still vote for them again.

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    • Everick Holder
      Everick Holder June 18, 2017 at 7:51 am

      The men trick nobody. The People are just stupid. Listen to and read some of the foolishness they say when asked ” How you will vote” You get stupidity coming to the fore. You hear ” I am a ” D” or ” B” and will for a……

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    • Everick Holder
      Everick Holder June 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

      Correction.
      Will die….

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  27. Curious June 17, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Quench or quell?
    Two completely different words with contrasting meanings.

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  28. Khalil Keifer
    Khalil Keifer June 17, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    We must eat what we grow and produce what we need but the real problem is this. Do we have the land space the time and the technologies to do that??
    Our country is prone to natural disasters and flooding that its virtually impossible to keep up with full-scale farming for the country. Importation is a must!!!

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  29. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde June 18, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Mr Stephen Lashley please don’t stop there, also plea with your government and future governments to come up with ways of making local food cheaper. From production to market. Come up with more incentative to encourage farmers ( less tax burdens, cheaper fuels, cheaper duties of feed imports or raw material for feed, stiffer penalties includig jail time for the thieves. It can’t be just talk , Govt need to take the first step. You really feel.un this day and age if I go into a Supermarket and see impoorted food cheaper than local produce food, that I aint flow to suit my budget and the few lil coppers i got to spend? Come on Mr Minister! You got to do better than that. Encourage me to buy local food.

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  30. ch June 18, 2017 at 12:55 am

    So the masses of this country who mismanaged our economy; raped the treasury and the NIS and printed money against all expert advice must sacrifice everything now to resurrect the dead.

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  31. Linda Huyton-Hill
    Linda Huyton-Hill June 18, 2017 at 1:27 am

    If they want people to start kitchen gardens and mini farming then they must provide the resources to do it. Simple. Land on which to do it made available for use and some funding for stock and equipment . Not everyone has the means for this to be a viable solution. Urging “all Barbadians” to start these projects is all good and well, but not providing the starter kit makes this an unattainable target.

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    • Tricia Williams
      Tricia Williams June 18, 2017 at 6:16 am

      There would be so much value in this!

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    • Coralita June 18, 2017 at 11:31 am

      You fah real??????? WHY CAN’T WE DO ANYTHING FOR OURSELVES ARE WE SO FREAKING DUMB??? Why does government have to help you doing a little backyard gardening for your family. This is your family project which if undertaken correctly should bring your family closer together.

      Listen my brother is your average Joe, he is not employed by any company. He mainly does house to house cleaning/gardening for properties. He is what you consider to be a poor person.

      My brother, without the assistance from any government started his own backyard gardening at home. He set up his cans and a few beds, bought seeds, seedlings/suckers and planted and he is able to give use at home and give away the produce. The man plants anything and I have been the beneficiary of his project.

      I also have a few colleagues who have started planting at home in pots and bottles and other receptacles and are reaping good benefits. Herbs, tomatoes, sweet/hot peppers etc. No government assistance required.

      Government assistance should only be sought for large projects which would require technical assistance for those farmers who will be selling to supermarkets and other outlets for resale.

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  32. hcalndre June 18, 2017 at 1:31 am

    @ch, they have taxed the people like there`s no tomorrow and want the government to have a free ride with idiotness like this and that is a burden on the government when they`re the real burden.

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  33. Louis Swann
    Louis Swann June 18, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Do as i say not as i do democracy

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  34. jrsmith June 18, 2017 at 4:38 am

    If bajans want change they must make the change themselves, what benefits the black masses, nothing , bajans pray for rain no rain come , so they forget but when the rain comes they are not prepared ,……………………… Bajans are too middle class to plant kitchen gardens , they wouldn’t be seen doing that ,but would set out to steal from the farming community……….. Nothing happens for the good of the black masses ….
    Our crooked corrupt politicians is trying to engage the people in that political correctness rubbish,…. ( but look who is talking about agriculture )………… making bajans believe they are really going to do something only if they hold office for the 3rd time after doing nothing other than robbing the Barbados treasury of 100s of millions of dollars….. These people will never do anything for the black masses in barbados … they have destroyed our country…. after 9 years the sports minister is talking to the people……………………………………………………………….

    Do bajans think if this government wins the next election , what will happen in barbados …………………………………..

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  35. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite June 18, 2017 at 5:44 am

    All these people in that party that ran this lovely country almost to the ground now clutching at straws. I wish they will shut the hell up and get out of parliament. #voteDEMout

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  36. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade June 18, 2017 at 7:20 am

    WELL WELL WELL WHY I SAY WELL MR OWEN TRY TO SAY THAT AND THEY LAUGHT AT HIM HE SAY PEOPLE MUST TRY AND DO A LITTLE KITCHEN GARDEN ALL DLP AND SOME BLP THAT DID NOT WANT HIM TO BE NO LEADER GET TO GOTHER AND DO BAD I CALL VOB ONE DAY AND SAY TO DAVID IT A GOOD THING FOR PEOPLE TO DO MAN HE SAY WHAT YOU WANT PEOPLE TO GET UP EARLY AND DO GARDEN WORK AND MUST GO TO WORK I DO WONDER WHAT HE WOULD SAY NOW THE DLP WANT PEOPLE TO DO KITCHEN GARDEN EEEEEE

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  37. Nanci June 18, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Satani you so funny but you hit the nail on the head. I think these leaders disconnect themselves from the poor. They not there to help the poor and needy, they are the leaders to help themselves. They said shop in barbados and stop using your money in the US malls, but every year they head to US, UK, or Canada and post home barrels of food. Soon from now they gonna ask the bajan people to stop eating. It’s like you put slave masters to run the country. The slave master justify treating humans like donkeys because they wanted to get rich off the unfortunate.

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  38. Alex Alleyne June 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

    After reading most of what listed here , I take it that most of you can afford imported food , so carry on smartly……its your money.

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  39. Big Man June 18, 2017 at 8:33 am

    After reading most of what I have seen here
    I can only come to one conclusion
    Barbadians are so Educated but have very, very, little common sense

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  40. Alex Alleyne June 18, 2017 at 8:34 am

    “THE POWER OF THE PURSE”.

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  41. Les Carr
    Les Carr June 18, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Increases in standard of living correlate to access to a wider variety of goods and services. The real bus that these administrators continue to miss is that the fundemental problem with the island is that it needs grow earnings. It’s a tiny island at the end of the day and stopping inflows won’t grow it but producing even from imports and exporting and sellling services them can. Review the stats over the last 5 years and tell us how much food imports have grown. Let’s examine the facts instead of speculating.

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  42. Dwayne Sealy
    Dwayne Sealy June 18, 2017 at 9:39 am

    exactly my point, if their words were worth anything, Ministry of Agriculture should be beating off local farmers with sticks

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  43. Shaun Reid June 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Joan is right. My uncle lives in Bim and grows practically anything you want in his backyard. Its a labor of love, but very practical and healthy. Meanwhile here in the States, obesity and diabetes, heart disease, etc, are at all time highs. When I first visited Barbados as a child in 1975, so many people we visited had chickens, turkeys, and vegetables in their backyard. Nowadays not so much. These are choices. Here in Brooklyn people are now trying to buy local. Making alliances with farms upstate, having them come down weekly to hold farmer’s markets. Others are growing food on their rooftops. Why? Because mass produced food is jam packed with harmful chemicals. You have ideal conditions in Bim to grow food. I lo g to see more farms there again, and more households growing their own food. Your health depends on it. Good luck!

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  44. gsmiley June 18, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Jesus peace Sharon Taylor. Yuh mean nuhbody wun even gih u a breadfruit?

    You gotta buy fuh $5.00?

    Ah wonda why?

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  45. KS June 18, 2017 at 9:54 am

    “After reading most of what I have seen here”….if local food was cheaper, or the same price, as the imported food & available, your ‘educated Bajans’ would buy over the imported food they are do have common sense!!

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  46. joan Worrell June 18, 2017 at 9:56 am

    @Alex Alleyne

    They can afford to pay for imported food but can’t afford to pay the doctor’s bill when they are suffering from the various diseases, resulting from eating the same imported foods. Can you imagine that Bajans prefer to buy imported bananas which are as hard as rock , sprayed with some chemical and ready for eating within 24 hours, than to buy local bananas from the market vendors ? According to you, let them carry on smartly but they should take time to watch the USA news networks. The worrying obesity statistic making the news last week is :-More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese.

    We are getting close. Check the number of obese children in Barbados. Their parents are feeding them with the same imported rubbish that Americans eat. Good luck to them . Let them cuss the politicians for telling them to eat locally produced fresh foods. Say what you like, the politicians can pull strings (both DLP and BLP doctor friends) to get urgent medical attention at the Q.E.H. The majority of us are not that privileged .

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  47. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 18, 2017 at 10:17 am

    You looking fake with that hoe. Tell the minister of agriculture that. Your government have all the land sitting just catching grass. Also you want the farmers to produce when you all giving certain people license to import stuff and get big cuts back. Asked Mr INNISS. He giving his friends license to destroy the farmers.

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  48. Mr. Crowley June 18, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Politicians are like diapers. They both need to be changed regularly and for the same reasons

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  49. Shawn Pablo
    Shawn Pablo June 18, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Empress-jay Brathwaite alight then

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  50. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles June 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Want us eat more local? Stop destroying the Agriculture Industry, stop robbing us blind so we have money to spend. Your idiot comrade said bajans need to sacrifice more so we’re sacrificing spending any hard earned pennies on expensive local products

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  51. Milli Watt June 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    this man bright…………at this rate of revelations coming from him we might just get a solution to this money problem also

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  52. Jaiye Maynard
    Jaiye Maynard June 18, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Foreign foods? So what u supposed to eat? Carrots and cucumbers all day?

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  53. joan Worrell June 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    For all of you who love your foreign stuff

    Just returned from an unnamed supermarket where I had planned to buy a can of condensed milk to make some sour sop punch. The brand available at the supermarket is one ”Global” . I love reading labels. I strained my eyes to read the following fine print ”Made in Malaysia. Contents :- sugar, non-fat milk solid and refined palm”’. I steupsed and left it on the shelf. Oh My God, what is this product doing in Barbados? Is this where our foreign exchange is going? What the hell does Malaysia import from Barbados? If our local factory finds it uneconomical to produce condensed milk, why aren’t our supermarkets not importing the product from let’s say, Jamaica or Guyana or Belize which in turn import stuff made in Barbaos.

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  54. Alex Alleyne June 18, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    @JW, also those people that keep harping on the freeing up the weed for medical use , should go read JEFF SESSIONS PLANS FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA.
    I am one who do believe that you must pay a fee of BDS$1.00 for every visit to the polyclinics once you are between the ages of 18 to 65. Do a check list and make persons who can pay bus fare for their children pay.
    Make sure the sweet-drink makers cut down on the sugar or stop sending them to BIM.
    We must send persons to Parliament who have vision for Barbados .
    The PM and the AG need to quit their jobs, can feel the deafening silence from the 2 of them on the DRUG & GUN CRIME in BIM.

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  55. joan Worrell June 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    @ Alex

    Where are you going to get the vision from when the majority of them (lawyers) represent the criminals. The belief among the criminals is that when the DLP is in power, they have a better chance of winning their cases, if represented by BLP lawyers and the reverse is also true i.e hire DLP lawyers when the BLP is in power. So far I haven’t heard that Barbados Solutions Party has any lawyers in their fold. Hope they keep it that way.

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  56. Helicopter(8P) June 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Freshly picked vegitables have a different taste from those laying around for weeks or days! Ice burgh lettuce does not cary the refined flavor of our locally grown Dutch lettuce.

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