Bajan farmers in climate smart agriculture project

Barbadian farmers will be among 90 from three Caribbean countries who will participate in a climate smart agriculture project over the next 18 months.

Speaking at the launch of the programme yesterday, executive director of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) Gordon Bispham said the aim of the project, in which farmers from Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines are also involved, is to support sustainable livelihoods and reinforce that farming is serious business.

“Farming is not a hobby. It is a business where we can apply specific technology and methodologies, not only to be sustainable, but to be profitable. That is going to be very central to our programme.

“If we are going to be successful, it means that we are going to have to build partnerships and networks so that we can share the information that we learned from the project. We must not only upscale agriculture in the three countries identified, but bring more countries of the region into the fold,” he said.

Adding that the youth and women would be a focus of the project, Bispham said that with their inclusion in the sector, countries can depend on agriculture to make a sizable contribution to their gross domestic product (GDP).

Bispham also noted that there were large markets for the Caribbean in the United States and Canada.

In fact, he said, the latter North American country is expected to import US$100 million in fruits and other products grown in the region this year, and Canadians have established offices in the sub-region to assist in the production and marketing of the products.

While throwing her support behind the agriculture project, head of the political section and chargé d’affaires of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Silvia Kofler, highlighted the threat presented by global warning.

“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impact of climate change. It is an all-encompassing threat, and the nature and scale of this global challenge that we are facing demands a concerted action of us all,” she said.

She gave policymakers in Barbados the assurance that the European Union was willing to assist the region in transforming their societies and sectors into smart and sustainable ones, whether in farming or otherwise. 

3 Responses to Bajan farmers in climate smart agriculture project

  1. Cĥřīssý Ballantyne-Mofford
    Cĥřīssý Ballantyne-Mofford July 15, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Keron J G Cottoy

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  2. Sheron Inniss July 16, 2017 at 10:13 am

    The more I read and listen to Alternative News from around the globe I am not too sure if this climate change thing is a hoax or not. What I do understand is that weather patterns change and we need to flow with the conditions. As a backyard farmer I am constantly looking for ways to improve my organic garden. I read, search websites, etc and am getting pretty good results. I feel like a boss when I just have to step out the door and go cut some fresh herbs or pick some fruit. I know what I am putting in my garden. A lot of compost, harvested rain water, plants to encourage butterflies, bees, and birds and whatever else helps your garden to thrive(even those plants that are considered wild)and a whole lot of love. The monkeys I don’t call, nor the slugs and snails but I am trying some home made concoctions. Have found one for the slugs and snails. Nothing so far for the monkeys but I rather them than 2 foot thieves. Being in nature is so good for your being and I thank GOD for sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell and whatever to allow me to enjoy these blessings. Did you know that one of the reasons birds sing on mornings is to tell the trees it is time to wake and do their work? Ahhhhh

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  3. Helicopter(8P) July 17, 2017 at 10:15 am

    It’s all well and good Ms Inniss to have a small kitchen garden but when it comes to a supply and demand level in farming it’s another story. The weed and pest control has to be either manually or chemically controlled and grading is an ongoing process with the produce. Organically produced vegetables are the number one choise by any means necessary in today’s purchasing and they are mostly looking for grade ‘A’ quality. That’s the name of the game in today’s farming production. It take 24×7 observation of your produce in the field both from insects rodents and pilfers!

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