Local push

China helps fund reduction of food import bill

China is funding Barbados’ efforts to reduce its $800 million annual food import bill with a $40 million donation to develop agriculture and agrobusinesses at the Hope Plantation in St Lucy and Duke’s Plantation in St Thomas.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Zou XI today signed the agreement on behalf of the two countries in the conference room of the Ministry of Education on Constitution Road, St Michael.

Jones said the two projects were expected to come on stream in another 18 months, and would help cut the food import bill.

Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Zou XI (left) making a presentation to Minister of Education Ronald Jones (right) today.

“That is a lot of money to be spending on the importation of food. So if we are able through the efforts and activities of the training and development of persons to work in this very much needed area we will be able to turn primary products into secondary and tertiary products. This would assist in reducing the country’s food import bill. We have to go forward utilizing the land of Barbados to feed its people and by extension the people of the Caribbean.

“So this is important from our end in the Ministry of Education where training and education is our remit. The land at the Hope Plantation will be doing two things – it will be a training ground for young agricultural persons and it also becomes a ground for production as well. Much of the 40 acres will be opened for production,” Jones said.

Speaking on the Duke Plantation project Professor Leonard O’ Garro of the University of the West Indies told reporters the university hoped to develop the 30-acre site into a comprehensive science and agrobusiness park.

“We will provide significant training. We intend it to become a training area for the entire CARICOM area with respect to agri-business development and entrepreneurship. It essentially would be almost equivalent to another campus in Barbados, but will be customized specifically for agribusiness development and entrepreneurship. In that process too, we have provided significant infrastructure for agribusiness development,” O’Garro said.

The UWI official said some local companies that produce iconic Barbadian products had been invited “to become residents on site so that we can assist in bringing all of the assets required for them to become the world beaters we expect them to become”.

O’Garro said that in addition to focusing on food security, the project would also focus on rural development.

In his brief presentation, Charge d’Affaires Zou XI said that the newly signed agreement was another tangible demonstration of the close relationship between the two countries.

“The agreement will further promote our cooperation in education, agriculture and science, but would bring benefits not only to the development of agriculture and education in Barbados, but also to the younger generation. China remains committed to continue working closely with Barbados in an effort to deepen our pragmatic co-operation in all fields and push our friendly and co-operative relations to new heights so as to better benefit our two countries and peoples,” he said.

44 Responses to Local push

  1. Jennifer October 31, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    R they planting rice, maize and wheat???? Will there be a paper trail on spending.

    • Jennifer October 31, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Our leaders really cut us a bad deal on this here education system.

  2. Leroy November 1, 2017 at 12:39 am

    This will not work in a vacuum..their need to be incentive for bajans to plant more and disincentive to import.
    The market must also accept local grown food , growers must also produce finished products and not potatoes with mud on them for sale in a delapidated market.
    School meals must use local growers, so much work has to go into a project of getting food substitution done and im not sure if it can be implemented bc we always look for patchwork and quick fixes.

    • Jennifer November 1, 2017 at 3:55 am

      This article could have been more pin point. In a society where children are being trained to eat fast food, and cornflakes is a problem to begin with – maybe the education will cover this also. Who are these local companies???? Will there be different crops from what is currently being planted???? I hope they plant olive trees too. What are the secondary and tertiary products equating too. Will budding young black entreprenures be a part of the products development????? Or will they be mainly in the field??? Will the equivalent food be cheaper???? With climate change, and red iron oxide looming, are there building green houses too. Unlike this people the Chinese over the years have learned great skills in perception, tolerance, and weaving, I will wait and see how this goes down.

  3. Greengiant November 1, 2017 at 12:42 am

    @Jennifer: Do you see anything good or productive in Barbados?Can you list them for me? They certainly can’t be all bad, or negative happening here.

    • Jennifer November 1, 2017 at 3:10 am

      Let me ask you this – do you think we are an independent people or not???? Is it real or illusional???? Your question is not as easy to answer or as clear cut as you think Greengiant. When you understand the primary, the secondary becomes a no brainer. And this is coming from a national, regional, and international perspective. You yourself try to give some solutions, which only touch the surface (all respect). To see reality one must look deeper and going back to basics or the beginning is a must. Where did it all go wrong and the why needs to be answered, before you see the bigger picture. Having a degenerate mindset and Piggying backing ideologies will always be major problems that these heads must over come. Positivity will all depend on the individual outlook or understanding. LOOK at the comments on the politics for example. Is there a solution, yes there is (“-“) but, NO political party holds it – sir.

  4. hcalndre November 1, 2017 at 4:11 am

    That $40m project will just die a natural death and the money will be gone. It seems that this project is to produce Overseers, managers and supervisors, not what in Barbados they call farmers. Barbados can`t teach the people from Guyana and the islands about farming, they have sent the Guyanese out and tell them not to come back but with this project in mind they may ask them to come back because the proud bajan is not going into the fields no more. They taking the Chinese money, I hope I don`t hear the things that they are saying about the Indians in time to come because there will be born Bajan Chinese.

  5. HardBall November 1, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I see China is expanding its foot print further into the Caribbean. They already have Jamaica colonized.
    If I remember correctly, didn’t the Chinese ambassador asked that Mandarin (they language) be thought in our schools?
    Be careful of the plastic rice and cabbage. Go to YouTube and search “chinese plastic food”

    • Jennifer November 1, 2017 at 6:03 am

      A good thorough history lesson will show that this black people was always a COLONIZE people and loved it so too. So this union will fit like had in glove.

  6. Tony Webster November 1, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Mo’ questions than answers:
    1. “Funding”: anytime you hear this word, ask if it is a Grant: a loan (terms, and conditions please); or half-grant and half-loan; and as usual with our new-found Chinese friends…who gine build it?
    2: What happens now to the UWI’s Grand Plans to use the land years-long donated to the Nation, by the Edghill family? On the face of it, they are duplicating efforts. They are lots of questions as to how these well-intentioned institutions will be run, and sustain themselves without becoming a further drain on the Consolidated Fund/ U.W.I.

    Mo’ info please.

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 1, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Is it just me but China has ulterior motives no one just gives away money without expecting something in return Bajans better see the big picture,wonder what’s the catch like 99 percent Chinese labour force smell a frigging stinky rat.

    • Jennifer November 1, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Well said Rawle. China also has serious issues with environmental health and SOIL pollution along with effects from climate change due to their location. So moving around is their best option.

    • Jason Bennett
      Jason Bennett November 1, 2017 at 9:05 am

      The motive is to expand their global influence … i just hope they didn’t sell us out for this money

    • Julia Robinson
      Julia Robinson November 1, 2017 at 9:32 am

      It’s not just you. There are no free lunches.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner November 1, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Jason Bennett Looks like that might be too late politicians from both of these two political parties that have ever only govern Barbados have been sellingout Barbados and by extension the citizens for many years so this should come as no surprise.Anyone remember the Sam Lords Castle renovation project where Chinese get to have 75 % of the labour force because they providing loans and make no mistake they don’t really like dark skin folks.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner November 1, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Julia Robinson Glad I’m not the only one, Bajans gine pay a heavy price for all this freeness,mark my words.As Peguim said in one of his soca songs {What Sweeten Goat Mouth Gine Bun He In He Bam Bam} seriously ask Jamaicans about the Chinese and al the freeness.

    • Kenneth McGill November 1, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Well said.

    • Kamel N C Jackson
      Kamel N C Jackson November 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Jason Bennett right on the nail.

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield November 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      No. They have the money they offer it. We need it ,we take it. We trapped.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner November 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Claire Battershield Ok get your point but politicians should then say keep your money to the Chinese because we all know it comes with serious strings attach.

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield November 1, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      They dont care. It will be someone elses problem.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner November 1, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Claire Battershield Agree and maybe something going in certain people off shore accounts that is why they don’t care.

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield November 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Once you know. If I aint get back i get the mula plus the chance to say I told you so when things go wrong

    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed November 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Same way America did it

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray November 1, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      You all know that this the same government that tell us there no more free lunches going around

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray November 1, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      So if there are no more free lunches, what is the price we will have to pay or our grandchildren

  8. seagul November 1, 2017 at 6:24 am

    President Festus Mogae of Botswana admitted: “I find that the Chinese treat us as equals. The West treats us as former subjects.“ Because the Chinese are not imposing any ideology, it’s willing buyer, willing seller. Above all, the phenomenal growth rates in China and the fact that hundreds of millions have been lifted out of poverty make an attractive model for Africans.
    Forget about Western campaigns about “making poverty history“; instead “make lecturing African leaders history.“ Western aid hasn’t worked. Giving more aid to Africa is like telling an alcoholic he needs a stiff drink to help kick his addiction. What Africa and the third world needs is not liberal kindness but investment by business..

  9. jrsmith November 1, 2017 at 6:25 am

    @,Jennifer, hail, hail, my motto for politicians in barbados , accountability , your (10:42 ) good shot but who then would be honest in producing the paper trail , who do we trust ………
    Dont forget the commercial with the pup and the toilet roll ……

  10. Sheron Inniss November 1, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Morning Jennifer. That is y so many pix on TV are in Chinese now; the piper calling the tunes. U want to tell me we don’t know how to b self-sufficient in food and don’t know how to grow food? Steupse.

    • Jennifer November 1, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Gm sheron I do not watch television. But I can imagine. We are more of a sheeple people u know.

  11. Alex Alleyne November 1, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Next is some set up some manufacturing companies to employ MANY people and EXPORT items…….at a decent wage ……of course.
    Many electronic items are assembled in CHINA, pass some on to sweet Barbados……..please.

  12. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Lori Mills Keep posting articles like this is a start also share any info you have and go there and hopefully talk to right people.

  13. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade November 1, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Ok they give you all that money now what part of barbados they want they want something nothing for nothing come tell us what they dam want because if they plant anny thing i will no buy nothing from them what do you promist them chine

  14. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 1, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    And make no mistake Chinese agriculture pratices are not up to stuff they cut all kinds of corners just go online and see fa ya selves.

  15. Helicopter(8P) November 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Not very many acres to speak of, as in past years from my village home; I could look across 40 acres of 4 productive fields; as far back as the seventies. We need 40 acres of coconut grove alone as is! But any little bit helps.

  16. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb November 1, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    No government gives you anything for free,just now Barbados will have black Chinese!

  17. Belfast November 1, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Is Ronald Jones, the 40 Acres of Breadfruit trees man, the new Minister of Agriculture?
    Are we the taxpayers being asked to pay the big salary and allowances to the minister who is suppose to hold this portfolio, and also that of Water and Sewerage, and for the past months with the actual s*** hitting the fan, and the people ,down on the South Coast we cannot hear a squeak out of his mouth.
    The Chinese are not fools like we Bajans, they are establishing their country’s food security. The scraps , reject and leftovers like everything else will be offered to Bajans.
    Mash Up Barbados Unlimited.

    • Jennifer November 1, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Well said. Anyone and everyone can hoodwink these leaders for a LITTLE change. This is why I continue to say what I say, when I say about them. One would have to be blind not to notice.

  18. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison November 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I wonder how much money we could get if this country sells this man to the Chinese but then again, the Chinese may just clone him and the world could never afford to have two Ronald Jones on the planet.

  19. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill November 1, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    so the chinese going to teach us how to grow food?

  20. Chris Alleyne
    Chris Alleyne November 1, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    They are such nice people. I’m sure they’re doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. They wouldn’t expect anything in return….

  21. Mike Quarlessq
    Mike Quarlessq November 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Something comes in return for that $$$$$$$

  22. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes November 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    China knows what they are doing. They have been infiltrating weak economies for their own personal gain. These idiots are so greedy and gullible, that it is not even funny.


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